Do you know the dragonfly? Don’t worry, it is not a dangerous creature or a wild animal. These beautiful plants from the asparagus group are called dracenes in Czech. It is a very distinctive plant that dazzles with its simple beauty. In nature, draco grows in the form of very low or even branched trunks. In domestic conditions, it grows rather tall and resembles a palm tree in appearance. Although it is not related to palm-like plants in any way. There are several varieties of dracaena, with the following three being the most suitable for home potting:
- Dracaena marginata
- Dracaena marginata Tricolor
- Dracaena goldieana
The first two varieties are very similar. They differ in that the leaves of the Tricolor form contain three different colours – green, pink and cream in the form of stripes. The former produces a thick trunk with clusters of dark green leaves with a high gloss. Golden Draco is one of the smaller species and its leaves are decorated with silvery transverse stripes. Avid draco growers will know of other varieties, but they are not as popular. We are talking about the scented dracaena or dragon form.
Precise growing conditions
Grace has its own specifics that you need to respect when growing it. It craves sunlight either in the morning or in the evening. Permanent exposure to the sun would destroy the plant. Therefore, take it out on the windowsill for only a short time and close the curtain or take it into the shade for the rest of the day. During the main growing season, the dracaena requires a lot of water. Its root system must be constantly irrigated. Therefore, check regularly that the potting soil is moist.
Prune and fertilize
Dracaena is one of those plants that invest a lot of energy in leaf growth and sometimes produce too much. In this case, it is ideal to prune the plant. Get rid of the large and dying leaves so that new healthy buds can grow. You should also give the plant a regular dose of substrate. Water it with liquid fertilizer at least once a week from spring until winter arrives.