Dracaena Lisa Cane Care

Placement

PRO TIP: Dracaena trees are sensitive to salts, minerals, and chlorine in tap water. Let the water sit for 24 hours in a bucket or your watering can before giving it to the plant. This will allow for some of the unwanted materials to evaporate.

Native to southeast Africa, the Dracaena Lisa Cane  appreciates a warm, humid environment with a moderate amount of water and light. These plants are slow growers and therefore ideal if you are looking for a tree of a particular size and shape. Place your dracaena where it will receive medium to bright indirect light. It can tolerate the lower end of moderate light spaces but watering will need to be adjusted. It’s best to avoid extended periods of direct sun. If you’re unsure about your lighting conditions, placing the tree a few feet from a east, west, or south facing window is best.

Dracaena Lisa Cane Close Up

Routine Maintenance

PRO TIP: When it doubt, let it drought! The most common mistake made with these plants is overwatering.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it.  Before giving your plant a drink, it is best to check the moisture level in the soil first.  Dracaena trees prefer the soil to dry between waterings, but not completely through the pot. Typically watering every 10-14 days will keep the soil with a nice even level of moisture. You never want the soil to be soggy as this plant can be prone to root rot. However allowing the soil to get bone dry will result in brown tips on the plants leaves. It’s a delicate balance, but once you fall into a routine, the Dracaena Compacta will react well to regular waterings. Consider aerating the soil of your plant before the initial watering. We compact the soil to avoid shifting during transit, so aeraing can help the soil breath and allow for moisture to be released.

For regular upkeep, dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize properly. When dusting, take the opportunity to inspect the underside of leaves and keep an eye out for pests. Using fertilizer spring through fall will enhance your plants foliage and promote new growth. Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.

Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your dracaena lisa cane and its watering needs and you will have a long and happy relationship.

Standard Planter Instructions

There are two types of standard planters offered by Greenery NYC, those with drainage holes, and those without. Within those two categories are an array of sizes and styles to choose from. All these factors play a role in the quantity and frequency of water given to your plant.

Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole, have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not to pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil.

For plants with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray. Empty the catch tray before returning the plant back to its location.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it. Refer to the routine maintenance section for moisture requirements.

Self Watering Container Instructions

The self-watering planters require a good, solid watering of the topsoil after they are first placed. This is important, because the roots of the plants need to grow into the reservoir in order to drink from it. Follow the standard planter instructions for the first four weeks until the reservoir is ready to be tested.

TEST: After four weeks, fill the reservoir until the red indicator reaches the MAX line. If the indicator goes down over the first few days, it means the plant is ready for reservoir servicing. If not, be sure to continue top watering for a few more weeks, until the plant starts drinking from the reservoir.

RESERVOIR SERVICING: Once the indicator goes down, do not refill the reservoir right away. Similar to how humans need a breath of air between gulps of water, almost all plants require a drying out period.  Most plants need to dry out between waterings, so once the reservoir is empty wait a few days before you refill. Always allow for the reservoir to empty all the way, and after the drying out period, be sure to fill it until the indicator reaches the MAX line.

From here on out, you should NEVER topwater the plant. If you water from the top, it can drown the plant. In the Self Watering Container, the top layer of soil will eventually become extremely dry and hard, and may even pull away from the edges of the pot. This is not a cause for concern, but simply because the plant is drinking directly from its roots in the water reservoir.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are the tips of my Dracaena’s leaves turning yellow or brown?.

  • Your Dracaena Lisa will slowly lose its lower leaves. This is normal. As the plant grows taller, the lowest leaves turn yellow & eventually brown. Wait until the leaves are dry & easily pull them off. If your plant is losing an excessive amount of leaves, consider if it needs a water or light adjustment.

Why are the tips of my Dracaena’s leaves turning yellow or brown??

  • Some “tipping” is normal with this plant variety. However if more than a few leaves seem affected, or the tips are sizable, then it is likely an issue with watering.

How can I tell if I overwatered or underwatered my Dracaena Lisa Cane?

  • If your tree is showing brown tips with yellow edging then you are likely over watering. If you see fully yellow leaves, and some crispy brown tips without yellow edging then it is likely due to under watering. Always feel the soil to see if its conditions match your diagnosis, and consider the recent care you have given.

How often should I fertilize my plant?

  • In general, house plants will thrive when they are fertilized spring through fall. Fertilize once a month with an organic houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions for dilution and administration. Greenery NYC uses an organic potting mix with a slow release fertilizer in the soil so your plant will not need fertilizer within the first 6 months of receiving it.

How often does my plant need to be repotted?

  • For larger floor plants, we suggest repotting every 18-24 months. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 2”- 4” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plants roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Repotting in the spring or summer is ideal.

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