A Handy Guide to the Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata) (2023)

Dracaena trifasciata, commonly known as the snake plant, is one of the most popular and hardy species of houseplants. Up until 2017, it was botanically classified as Sansevieria trifasciata, but its commonalities with Dracaena species were too many to overlook. The plant features stiff, sword-like leaves and can range anywhere from six inches to eightfeet tall. Snake plants can vary in color although many have green-banded leaves and commonly feature a yellow border. These plants are easy to grow and, in many cases, are nearly indestructible. They will thrive in very bright light or almost dark corners of the house. Snake plants generally grow slowly in indoor light, but increasing its exposure to light will boost growth if it receives a few hours of direct sun. Planting and repotting is best done in the spring.


This plant is toxic to cats and dogs.

Common NameSnake plant, viper's bowstring hemp, St. George's sword
Botanical NameDracaena trifasciata (formerly Sansevieria trifasciata)
Plant TypeEvergreen, perennial
Mature SizeSix inches to 8 feet tall
Sun ExposureShade to partial sun
Soil TypeSandy, well-drained
Soil pHSlightly acidic to slightly alkaline
Bloom TimeSpring (blooms are rare)
Flower ColorWhite
Hardiness Zones9–11 (USDA)
Native AreaWest Africa (tropical)
ToxicityToxic to cats and dogs


Snake Plant Care

Snake plant is an ideal choice for beginner gardeners because it is difficult to kill. It's great in a container and grows well on the floor or on tabletop displays. Snake plant thrives in warm weather and struggles in cold conditions. This plant is drought-resistant but is susceptible to overwatering which lead to root rot. Only water the plant if the soil feels dry. These plants can go two months between waterings in the winter months. In warmer months, water no more than every two weeks.

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Snake plantsprefer indirectbutsteadylight with some direct sun. They can adapt to full sun conditions and will also survive dimly lit situations.


Snake plants prefer a loose, well-drained potting mix. This plant will do well in sandier soils. Use a potting media low in peat content. Peat works well in many situations, but it can become tightly packed and sometimes has problems rehydrating or draining. An all-purpose cactus potting soil is a good choice.


Let the soil dry between waterings. During the winter, reduce watering to monthly, or whenever the soil is dry to the touch. Err on the side of under-watering; too much water can harm the plant.

Temperature and Humidity

Snake plants preferwarm conditions and will suffer if exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the plant in a place where it will be protected from drafts. A temperature range between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit is best.Frost will kill this plant.


Feed with a mild cactus fertilizer during the growing season or a balanced liquid slow-release 10-10-10 fertilizer or a 20-20-20 fertilizer diluted to half strength. Do notfertilizein the winter.

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Types of Snake Plant

  • Dracaena trifasciata'Hahnii': It is also called bird's nest snake plant, it grows to only about six inches tall. Its leaf clusters form a bird's nest clump.
  • Dracaena angolensi (formerly Sansevieria cylindrical): This cylindrical snake plant has round, stiff leaves that can reach several feet in length. The leaves arch outward from a central crown.
  • Dracaena trifasciata'Laurentii': This variegated snake plant has creamy yellow leaf margins. To propagate this plant, it must be divided rather than propagated from leaf cuttings.
  • Dracaena trifasciata 'Twisted Sister': This plant has twisted leaves striped horizontally with yellow variegated edges. It grows about 15 inches tall.
  • Dracaena trifasciata 'Bantel’s Sensation': This snake plant grows about three feet tall and has narrow leaves with white vertical stripes.
  • Dracaena pearsonii: Sometimes called rhino grass, this plant grows about 12 inches tall with succulent red-tinted leaves.

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Using sterile pruning shears, scissors, or a sharp knife, remove leaves at the soil line or cut off damaged or mature leaves to encourage new growth. The best time to prune is during the growing season—usually spring or summer. You can prune during the off-season, but because pruning can stress out a plant, it is best to do it when the plant is in a growing period. To control the height of your snake plant, remove the tallest leaves. Also, remove any leaves that are marred. Removing leaves spurs new leaf growth.

Propagating Snake Plant

It's best to propagate during the growing season in the spring or summer. Dracaena plants can be divided easily during repotting if the plant is at least four inches tall. Alternatively, new shoots might emerge from the soil and can be potted independently. You can also propagate snake plants via cuttings. Follow these instructions for both methods.

Propagate via root division:

  1. Gather a sharp knife, a clean pot, and cactus potting soil.
  2. Pull the root ball out of the old pot and place the plant on a flat surface. Using your hand, gently brush away the soil from the root structure or rhizome.
  3. Using the sharp knife, divide the plant into sections, making sure the roots for each section remain intact. Cutting through the plant will not kill the plant.
  4. Replant the new snake plant sections into a clean pot with cactus potting soil.
  5. Water it and place it in a partly sunny location.

Propagate new offshoots:

  1. If you notice any new pups or baby offshoots that the plant has developed, you can plant those separately.
  2. As with root division, you'll need a sharp knife, a clean pot, and cactus potting soil.
  3. Pull the root ball out of the pot, locate the offshoot's root, cut off the pup and plant the cut root end in the cactus potting soil.
  4. Water it and place it in a location with indirect bright light.

Leaf-cutting propagation:

  1. Using sterilized scissors, a sharp knife, or pruning shears, slice off a long, healthy leaf from your snake plant.
  2. Root the leaf cutting in water by placing it in a clean jar of water, submerging the cut end. Place it in a partially sunny spot and look for root growth.
  3. Every few days, top off the water, keeping it level. Every two weeks, dump the old water and refill with clean water to inhibit bacterial or algae growth.
  4. Once roots develop at least an inch long, plant the root end in a well-draining cactus potting mix.
  5. Water it and place it in a partially sunny spot.

Optionally, you can skip the water rooting method. After cutting a healthy leaf from your plant, allow the cut end to callous over for 24 hours, and then pot it, cut-end down, in the cactus potting mix. It is a slow-growing plant, so it could take two months before you notice new growth.

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How to Grow Snake Plant From Seed

Snake plants can be grown from seeds, but it's easier, quicker, and more reliable to propagate by other methods. Snake plant seeds tend to have low germination rates. It can take between three to six weeks before you see a seedling.

To grow from seed, fill a three-inch pot with a well-draining cactus potting mix or seed starting mix. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the starting mix. Place the pot in a warm, sunny spot. Cover the pot with plastic wrap or a clear plastic dome to retain warmth and humidity. Once you notice seedling growth, remove the plastic covering. Keep the soil lightly moist but not too soggy or wet throughout the germination process. The seedling will be ready to repot when it is three to four inches tall.

Potting and Repotting Snake Plant

When potting, choose a sturdy pot material as strong roots can easily crack and break weak pots.Dracaena is a generally slow grower that rarely needs repotting, but if given ample sunshine, they might grow rapidly and require repotting or dividing. The best time to repotthese plants is in the spring. When repotting, alwaysuse fresh potting soil, a cactus potting mix, or a mixture of both.


Snake plant is a tropical plant that can die in temperatures consistently lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit or if affected by a wintery frost. Bring the plant indoors before temperatures drop that low. Keep the snake plant in a warm room, protected from cold drafts, and maintain the soil on the drier side. During the winter, snake plants enter dormancy and will stop growing. In the winter, you will only need to water the plant every six weeks or so.

Common Pests

Snake plants are susceptible to many common houseplant pests such as scales, gnats, spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, and whiteflies. You can avoid an insect invasion if you keep your plant healthy. Insects usually attack a plant when it suffers from environmental issues like incorrect water levels, humidity, and air circulation. If you notice insects on your plant, remove the insects by picking them off, by using a gentle spray of water, or with an organic neem oil to keep the insects at bay.

How to Get Snake Plant to Bloom

Snake plants develop creamy-white, tubular flowers that look similar to lilies. It flowers annually when its water, sun, and humidity needs are ideal. However, when these plants are grown indoors year-round, they rarely flower. The change of seasons, namely advent of spring, kickstarts the plant out of dormancy and spurs its growth. Its flowers are fragrant, and like other dracaena species, it blooms at night. There is no need to deadhead these flowers; they drop on their own.

Common Problems With Snake Plant

Snake plants are one of the easiest plants to maintain, multiply, and keep for years, whether you've got a green thumb or not. The biggest snake plant health problems center around watering. Overwatering causes plant diseases like fungal infections and root rot.

Foul-smelling Soil

If you notice that the soil smells like it's rotting, it likely has root rot. Scoop out some of the soil and put it up to your nose. Root rot smells foul. You can try to save the plant, but you need to inspect the roots to determine if you've saved the root system in time. Pull the root ball out of the container. Cut away any brown, mushy roots or leaves. Repot a portion of healthy root rhizome in fresh cactus potting mix or a well-draining potting mix. If you can't save the rhizomes, discard them. Propagate a new snake plant from leaf cuttings.

Yellow orBrown Leaves

Healthy snake plant leaves are green with some silver or yellow streaks. Yellow orbrown leaves can indicate several conditions, including overwatering, pests, and root rot. You can remedy each of these conditions if you manage the plant's water level appropriately. Overwatering causes root rot and stresses out the plant, making it more susceptible to pests.

Curling Leaves

Thrips are a common pest infestation that can cause curling leaves. Use a magnifying glass to inspect your plant's leaves closely. These tiny black bugs are easy to deal with. Cut away severely curled leaves and spray the plant with neem oil or vegetable soap to keep the pests at bay. New leaves will eventually grow.

Leaves Falling Over or Drooping

Healthy snake plant leaves grow upward and stand erect, but too much water, insufficient light, or poor potting material can make the plant's leaves droop or flop over. If you don't use a well-draining potting mix, the soil becomes soggy and affects the foliage. Move the plant to a brighter location, reduce the frequency of watering, and change the soil to one that drains better, if necessary.


  • Are snake plants easy to care for?

    Snake plants are one of those plants that need very little maintenance once you find the perfect spot for them. They are easy to keep and harder to kill than many other houseplants.

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  • How fast does snake plant grow?

    Generally, the snake plant is a slow grower; however, if you place it outdoors in summer, it might experience a boost in growth.

  • How long does a snake plant live?

    The average lifespan of a snake plant is five to ten years; however, they can live up to 25 years or more.

  • What's the difference between Nassauvia serpens and Dracaena trifasciata?

    Although Nassauvia serpens and Dracaena trifasciata are both called snake plant, the two are completely unrelated. Nassauvia serpens is a perennial shrub in the aster family native to the Falkland Islands. The two look nothing alike.

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  2. Dracaena trifasciata. North Carolina State University Extension Gardener Toobox.

  3. Common houseplant insects & related pests. Clemson Cooperative Extension Home and Garden Information Center.

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  5. Sansevieria Production Guide. University of Florida, IFAS.

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How do you care for a dracaena Trifasciata plant? ›

Well-drained soil and careful watering is a must; do not overwater, as the roots will rot. In spring to autumn allow the soil to dry between waterings. In winter only water every one to two months. It tolerates low humidity and cool temperatures around 50 degrees.

Where is a good place to put a snake plant? ›

Choosing a Location in the Home
  • Snake plants prefer bright, indirect light and can even tolerate some direct sunlight. However, they also grow well (albeit more slowly) in shady corners and other low-light areas of the home. ...
  • Keep the plant in a warm spot with temperatures above 50°F (10°C).

How do you take care of a snake plant for beginners? ›

Allow soil to dry between waterings and take extra special care not to overwater in winter. Try to avoid getting leaves wet when you water. Place your snake plants in indirect light (although they are tolerant of a variety of light conditions) and fertilize during the growing season with all-purpose plant food.

Does snake plant like sun or shade? ›

Because snake plant likes all light types (it will happily withstand full sun as well as low light) you can plant it on your porch in the shade or out by the pool in full sun.

How do you place a snake plant in your house? ›

Place a snake plant in a well-drained pot to avoid overwatering, as it can cause rotting. Only water the soil when it's completely dry. Indirect sunlight is best. Partial sun works best for snake plants, though it can still grow in darker corners or in brighter window areas.

How long can snake plants live? ›

How long does a snake plant live? The average lifespan of a snake plant is five to ten years; however, they can live up to 25 years or more.

Should I water snake plant from top or bottom? ›

  1. Fill the plant tray with water.
  2. Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray.
  3. Wait for about 10 minutes.
  4. Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray.
  5. If it's still dry —> add more water to the tray.

How often should you water a snake plant? ›

If the soil is dry, it's time to water your snake plant. Generally, once a week works great. Smaller snake plants may last up to two weeks between watering while larger snake plants may require watering every two to three days.

Does snake plant attract money? ›

Snake plants have the power to protect a home while attracting good luck, money, and positive energy.

Can you put a snake plant in just water? ›

Snake Plants do not necessarily need to be planted in soil to grow. They are also able to thrive in water, pebbles, potting mixes, and water. Propagated Snake Plants and leaf cuttings from the Snake Plant can thrive in water if you are mindful of constant plant care and maintenance.

What should I feed my snake plant? ›

Fertilizer – Because snake plants are native to poor rocky soil, avoid overfertilizing. A premium plant food such as Pennington UltraGreen All Purpose Plant Food 10-10-10 fed once each spring gives your snake plant the primary, secondary and micronutrients it needs. Then it keeps gently feeding for up to four months.

What kind of pots do snake plants like? ›

Terra Cotta - the Best Pot Material for Your Snake Plant

Terra cotta is the best pot material for a snake plant because it allows the plant's roots to dry quicker and helps the plant's root system to breathe. Snake plants are very susceptible to root rot, which can ultimately result in the plant dying.

When should I repot my snake plant? ›

Repotting Snake Plants

Believe it or not, snake plants prefer to be a little pot bound. This means you don't need to repot your plant that often. A general rule of thumb is to repot every 2-5 years but it can be left even longer depending on your plant.

Does a snake plant flower? ›

Yes, snake plants can and do bloom. The event is so rare, however, that owners will likely never see their snake plant sprout a delicate white flower. Some varieties don't bloom at all.

How do I make my snake plant taller? ›

Pot sizing - if you want your plant to grow taller, find a nursery pot that's 2” in diameter larger than the current pot. If you want your plant to stay the same height, you can reuse the same pot and simply change the soil.

Can I sleep with a snake plant in my room? ›

Snake plant

The snake plant (also known as 'mother-in-law's tongue') is a natural air purifier. It emits oxygen at night that helps you sleep better. It's also known to remove some harmful chemicals from the air such as xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene, benzene and formaldehyde.

What happens when you put a snake plant in your room? ›

They Filter Out Harmful Pollutants

The same Nasa Clean Air Study mentioned above also found that Snake Plants work double time removing harmful toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from our indoor environments.

Do plants feel love? ›

And since plants do not have brains, nor a central nervous system (which is how intelligence is defined), it is said to be impossible for them to have emotions and the ability to reason or feel.

Can a snake plant go a month without water? ›

While some plants are fairly high-maintenance and borderline dramatic (cough, cough: the fiddle-leaf fig) sansevierias, known also as snake plants or mother-in-law's tongues, are the quite the opposite. In fact, these trusty greens are so resilient they can go up to two weeks without water.

How big will a snake plant get? ›

Snake Plant Overview

Sansevieria are evergreen perennials that can grow anywhere from eight inches to 12 feet high. Their sword-like leaves are approximately two feet long. The foliage is stiff, broad, and upright, in a dark green color variegated with white and yellow striping.

Should I water my snake plant with coffee? ›

Snake Plant

Snake plants prefer acidic soil, so it's possible to use coffee grounds as a fertilizer. Don't spread them on the surface, though, rather mix them with compost, so that the end product is not too strong.

Do snake plants need deep pots? ›

Do Snake Plants need deep pots? No. Their rhizomes spread out rather than grow deep. A deep pot means more soil mass which can lead to them staying too wet.

Should you mist your snake plant? ›

Unlike many other plants, snake plants do not like to be misted. There's no need to mist snake plants, as they have thick leaves that help them store water for when they need it. Some people believe that misting snake plants may increase the humidity level in the room, but this isn't effective.

Should I shower my snake plant? ›

Putting your plants in the shower helps remove dust and pests. The occasional shower helps counteract the low humidity and indoor heating that's prevalent in winter, removes dust and dirt that may have accumulated on the leaves, and allows the plant to “breathe” and photosynthesize more efficiently.

Why do snake plant leaves fall over? ›

If you're noticing a lot of the snake plant leaves falling over, it's probably due to overwatering. The leaves, roots, and rhizomes (the underground horizontal stem by which they spread) all store water. The leaves will start to “mush out” at the base, crease, and then fall over.

Which plant is unlucky for home? ›

Mehendi plants are the harbingers of negativity

It is believed that evil spirits dwell in mehendi or myrtle plants, and one should not keep these at home. Another plant that falls under this category is tamarind. Building a house next to a tamarind tree is not at all recommended by vastu experts.

What is the luckiest plant in 2022? ›

1) The Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica) For sure, number one on the 2022 list is the Pachira Aquatica, aka the Money Tree.

Can I put pebbles on snake plant? ›

You don't have to use any pebbles, but it will keep the plant sturdy and in place, and look much nicer! What is this? You can use materials other than river pebbles, but just make sure they're safe for use for plants.

How do you take cuttings from a snake plant? ›

How to Root a Snake Plant
  1. Use a sharp knife to cut off a leaf near the soil line.
  2. Place the cut leaf on a table or countertop for a couple of days. ...
  3. Stick the cut end in a pot filled with moist potting soil. ...
  4. Keep the soil moist by watering a couple of times a week for two to three weeks.
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What do I water my snake plant with? ›

Snake Plant Watering

Water only when the soil is nearly dry. The quickest way to kill a snake plant is through overwatering. Before you think it's time to water, check the soil with your finger. If it feels dry to the touch, you can still safely wait a day or two before watering.

Can I use regular potting soil for snake plant? ›

Can I use regular potting soil for a snake plant? I don't recommend using regular potting soil for snake plants because it can be too heavy, and easily lead to overwatering and root rot. You can amend it with sand and perlite to make it drain faster.

Should I water my snake plant everyday? ›

How often do you water a snake plant? Every 2-3 days is just fine. You can also touch the soil, and if it is dry or crumbly, water your plant. If you have a larger snake plant, you may need to water it more often or give it more water.

Do snake plants like tall or short pots? ›

Snake Plant Pot Size

The snake plant can grow to be 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide, so it's important to have a large enough pot to accommodate the entire plant. The best pot size for a snake plant is at least 18 inches in diameter and 24 inches deep.

What is the best soil for a snake plant? ›

A snake plant prefers a light loamy soil that not only drains well but also registers between 5.5 to 7.0 on the pH scale. Instead of scooping up dirt from an outdoor garden bed or yard, which can become compacted or contain insects or bacteria, choose a sterile commercial potting soil that's free of pests and disease.

How deep should a snake plant be potted? ›

Keep it planted at the same depth it'd been at in its old pot, but keep it within 2″ of the pot's rim. Remove or add soil to get it to the right depth. You do not have to tamp the soil down too firmly. Ensure it's in there well enough to support the plant, then water it in.

How long should I Bottom water my snake plant? ›

All you need to do is set the potted plant (be sure it has drainage holes) into the bathtub, sink, or another container that's filled with a couple inches of water. After 15 to 20 minutes, the plant will have absorbed the exact amount it needs—never too little or too much.

How do I know if my snake plant is happy? ›

Look for dark green leaves to make sure your sansevieria is healthy. Dark leaves on a snake plant indicate that it is healthy and well-nourished. Leaves that have a yellowish tinge on the outer edge of the leaves or leaves that are pale and floppy could indicate that the plant is dying.

Do snake plants clean the air? ›

Another popular houseplant, the snake plant (also known as mother-in-law's tongue) has a multitude of air-cleaning tricks up its sleeve. It removes formaldehyde, xylene and nitrogen oxides from the air, and at night continues its hard work.

How do I keep my snake plant healthy? ›

Your Snake Plant only needs to be watered fortnightly, allowing its soil to completely dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot. During the winter months feel free to only water your snake plant once a month if the soil is still moist after 2 weeks.

Do snake plants have babies? ›

A unique feature of Sansevieria are their habit of creating 'pups' from the main plant. A fleshy rhizome will extend from the main root ball and then grow a vertical set of leaves beside the main plant. These pups will grow their very own root structures and can be divided from the main plant.

What happens if a snake plant gets too much sun? ›

Direct sunlight may leave snake plants susceptible to leaf burn. What is this? If your snake plant has too much light, they will let you know. If you notice your snake plant's leaves are turning strange colors, usually yellow, brown, or pale, move it a few feet away from the light source.

How do I make my snake plant vibrant? ›

If you want your snake plant to grow like crazy, your best bet is giving it a little more sunshine. "Often positioned as a 'low light plant,' snake plants actually prefer medium to bright indirect light. That being said, they'll tolerate low light if they need to," Marino says.

How often do you water a dracaena plant? ›

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.

How often does snake plant need water? ›

Touch the soil every few days to see if it's dry or crumbly. If the soil is dry, it's time to water your snake plant. Generally, once a week works great. Smaller snake plants may last up to two weeks between watering while larger snake plants may require watering every two to three days.

Do I need to clean my snake plant leaves? ›

Cleaning. Take each leaf between two soft tissue cloths and wipe off the top to reveal a healthy shine (also helps the plant soak in more light!).

How much sun do Dracaena plants need? ›

Dracaena can survive in low or medium light, but the leaves will look their best in bright, indirect sun. Excessive sun can cause browning of leaves, as can too little humidity.

Can you use tap water for dracaena? ›

Your Dracaena Colorama is sensitive to an excess of fluoride which is found in tap water and will present with brown or yellow margins of its leaves. If you do not have a filtration system, leaving the tap water in an open container overnight before watering can help remove some of the fluorides or use rainwater.

Do you water a dracaena from top or bottom? ›

  • Fill the plant tray with water.
  • Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray.
  • Wait for about 10 minutes.
  • Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray.
  • If it's still dry —> add more water to the tray.

Can I use bottled water for my dracaena? ›

If this issue becomes evident, consider watering the plants using bottled water once every few weeks. Dracaena plants also benefit from a light misting of the leaves several times a week. This is especially important during periods of low humidity, such as that which occurs throughout the winter.

Can I give my snake plant tap water? ›

Can snake plants be watered with tap water? Ideally it's best to use filtered water or rain water for snake plants and other house plants because they're sensitive to the chlorine that is added to tap water.

Can I put snake plant just in water? ›

Yes. While snake plants are typically grown in soil, you can propagate and grow snake plants in water. Snake plants require little water to survive, so you won't need to water it often once the plant matures.

Do snake plants help you sleep? ›

The snake plant (also known as 'mother-in-law's tongue') is a natural air purifier. It emits oxygen at night that helps you sleep better. It's also known to remove some harmful chemicals from the air such as xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene, benzene and formaldehyde.

Is coffee good for snake plants? ›

There are so many benefits of coffee grounds in snake plants that we can get. The soil is fertilized when coffee grounds are added to snake plants. Coffee grounds can assist in the addition of nitrogen, potassium, and other vital nutrients.

Can I spray vinegar on snake plant? ›

You can put a bit of vinegar in as well when you clean the leaves; the vinegar protects the snake plant against bugs and the shine of the leaves is restored, with brighter and livelier color.

Does milk help snake plants? ›

The same properties that make milk good for a human, such as the calcium and B vitamins, are what benefits plants. The calcium helps the plants grow, as well as prevent blossom end rot, which can be caused by a calcium deficiency.

Should I cut the brown tips off my dracaena? ›

Trim dead and browning foliage

Give your dracaena a spa day by doing a little leaf nipping and tucking. Start by removing dead leaves with a pair of scissors. Then trim off brown tips to make the plant look fresher. Consider pruning any stems are out of proportion.

Does dracaena need big pots? ›

It doesn't matter how large the plant is; it will grow in a pot that is 4 inches tall by 4 inches wide. If you don't know how to choose the right pot size, consider the current pot's size. If the current pot of the plant is 10 inches or smaller, you should choose a pot that is at least 1-2 inches larger.

How long does a dracaena live? ›

In the wild, dragon trees can grow up to 70 feet tall and live for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. 1 Tall, elegant houseplant specimens are typically kept pruned at six feet, although there are some dwarf species, such as Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig,' also known as pineapple dracaena.


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