Lemon Lime Dracaena Care

Placement

PRO TIP: Drying and browning of the lower leaves is common among Dracaena plants. Prune these leaves with a clean pair of shceers to keep your plant looking it’s best!

Dracaena, commonly called the “Dragon Tree” are a genus of 120 different species that predominantly come from Africa. This particular variety stands out for it’s neon yellow and green stripes that run vertically up and down the leaves. These little guys can actually reach a height of 5’-7’ indoors, but can also be kept to a tabletop size with regular pruning.

Place your Dracaena where it will receive medium to bright indirect light. Too much direct sun will scorch and pale the leaves. While very dim light could cause leggy growth, and browning. If your windows face South or West, be sure to place the plant behind sheer curtains or out of the direct stream of light.

If you are unsure of the lighting conditions in your home of office, we have a guide for how to measure light in your space.

Lemon Lime Dracaena Plant Leaves

Routine Maintenance

PRO TIP: Regularly dusting the leaves of your dracaena will help it photosynthesize properly and keep your plant shiny!

You will need to water your plant when you first receive it, but it’s important not to give too much or too little water. 1 measuring cup is usually a good place to start for a first watering, ideally the soil should be evenly and lightly moist, not soggy. If your planter has a whole and saucer, then water it until it it starts to come out the bottom of the pot. If the planter is sealed, there are drainage rocks sitting underneath the soil to hold excess water. You want to water the plant enough to saturate the soil, but not so much that water is building up in the bottom of the pot.

The Lemon Lime Dracaena prefers the soil to dry slightly between waterings. If the soil remains too wet, or too dry you will commonly see brown tips on the leaves. Feel the soil of your plant once a week, if the top 1”-2” is dry then your plant is ready for a drink. If the top 1”-2” is still moist, then check back in a few days.

For general upkeep, dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize properly. Using fertilizer spring through fall will enhance your plants foliage and promote new growth.

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 Lemon Lime Dracaena 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

Help! My dracaena has dropped a few leaves!

  • Don’t sweat it! The Dracaena will drop leaves as part of its pattern of growth throughout the year. However, if the leaf drop becomes persistent it’s important to assess your plant’s light and water conditions.

My dracaena has brown tips and discoloration. What do I do?

  • This is most often a sign of overwatering. Allow the soil to completely dry out before you water the plant again, and pull back on the amount of water you are giving it. This can also be a sign of too much chlorine in the water your dracaena is receiving. In this case you can use distilled water.

How do I tell when my dracaena needs water?

  • The easiest way to tell if your dracaena needs water is to feel the soil. If the soil is dry within the top 2″ then your plant is ready for a drink.

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