Sunday, 30 October 2016

šŸ¤·INDOORšŸ¤·Dracaena Sanderiana Agavaceae BELGIAN Evergreen Plant Guide

The daintiest of the dracaenas, Dracaena sanderiana is a slow-growing, slender, upright shrub from the tropical rain forests of Cameroon. 

It is sometimes called ribbon plant, on account of its narrow, slightly twisted leaves of deep gray-green with broad creamy white margins that grow to 9in/23cm long and lin/2.5cm wide, and is perfect where space is limited. 
Dracaena Sanderiana Agavaceae plant photo

The plant rarely branches from the base, so three or four specimens should be planted together in a large planter to create an interesting mass of spilcy foliage. Provided it is not scaldingly hot, this plant can tolerate standing close to a radiator, but cold drafts can be detrimental.

FACT FILE

ORIGIN West Africa.

HEIGHT To 3ft/90cm.

POTTING MIX Soil-based.

REPOTTING Only when necessary. Once plants are in 5-in/13-cm pots, top-dress with fresh soil annually.

PROPAGATION Take stem, tip, and basal cuttings in spring. Stem cuttings, 3-4in/8-10cm long, will root readily if set upright in a peat and sand mixture and kept warm. Root tip cuttings in a propagator; basal shoots with some roots will grow if enclosed in a plastic bag. 

KEEPING PLANTS Keep the plant in a protected spot.
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Dracaena sanderiana Agavaceae PLANT CARE

  • Bright, filtered light enhances the leaf color. Minimum winter temperature of 50°F/10°C; normal room temperature in summer.  
  • Water plentifully when in active growth, more sparingly in winter, O Feed every 2 weeks from spring to early fall with weak liquid fertilizer.
  • Mealybugs may inhabit the leaf axils, and scale insects may attach themselves to the leaves and stems; check regularly for signs of these pests.
  • Rotting stems and leaves are an indication of over watering.

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