Dracaena surculosa is a native of western tropical Africa rainforest region. It is
easy to care for houseplant. The houseplant needs little maintenance, can be in the partial shade and is therefore very suitable for offices.
Generally moderate watering, in the growth period that runs from March to August a little more as in winter. You can let the soil dry out slightly before watering again. Do not leave the roots in the water, this causes root rot.
Spray the Dracaena only occasionally to remove dust from the leaves and to prevent vermin. Spraying also promotes the quality and ornamental value of the houseplant.
The Dracaena thrives well in the half shade and requires a maximum of 2 to 3 hours of sunlight per day. The Dracaena prefers a window position.
The Dracaena does not need much nutrition. After purchase the Dracaena can still be without food for months. Feeding only in the spring or summer. Never give too much this can lead to burning of the roots. Check the packaging for the correct dosage.
A Dracaena can best be transplanted in a larger pot once every two years. The best period for overpouling is spring or immediately after purchase of the plant. A larger pot will stimulate the growth and the advantage is a larger buffer so that the water is more dispersed and there is less chance of root rot. Always take a pot that is 20 to 25% larger and do not use Hydro granules on the bottom of the pot. It is best to use a plastic insert with large pots.
If a Dracaena gets discolored leaves, it is most likely due to too much water. If there are spots or brown edges on the leaves then the cause is too much light. Curled leaves indicate drought, if you notice this, the plant has been dry for too long in the past or this is the case at the time you see it.
A Dracaena is a relatively slow grower and can best be pruned in the autumn. The advantage of this is that the plant receives more light and remains more compact. The Dracaena will branch off “on every branch where it has been pruned”. This will give you a nice full room or office plant. Use a pruning shears for this.