If a dragon tree is not properly cared for, it quickly loses its charm as an indoor plant. Therefore we have all the helpful care tips for you. The Dragon Tree (Dracaena) is a very frugal houseplant, which is satisfied even with little attention.
However, there are things you need to pay attention to when caring for it so that your dragon tree continues to feel good. We tell you which care measures you should not forget under any circumstances and give you valuable tips.
The care of the dragon tree is essentially limited to watering, fertilizing, cutting, and repotting. When is the right time for these steps and what you should bear in mind when carrying them out is explained in the following section?
Watering The Dragon Tree: How Often And How Much?
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The dragon tree needs a constant supply of moisture. Due to its original origin in tropical and subtropical regions, it is accustomed to relatively constant conditions throughout the year, which is also reflected in its water requirements. However, the roots of the dragon tree are very sensitive to waterlogging. In order to avoid this, do a finger test before watering and feel how much moisture is still present in the soil.
Fertilize Dragon Tree: How Often And How Much?
The Dragon Tree only needs regular fertilization in the phase of greatest growth (March to August). An organic fertilizer that supplies nutrients over a long period of time is best suited for this. Furthermore, organic fertilizers have a very positive effect on the structural condition of the plant substrate, which contributes to good permeability, water supply, and the avoidance of stagnant moisture.
Fertilizer offers just the right ratio of ingredients for the vigorous growth of your dragon tree. Thanks to its fine grain structure, it can be easily applied to the surface of the planting soil without being worked in. By lightly watering it, you can ensure that the nutrients are dissolved faster and reach the roots. However, the application of organic fertilizers is only applicable in normal culture, in hydroponics you still have to use liquid fertilizers.
Caution: If you mean too well, you can quickly damage your dragon tree, as it is very sensitive to over-fertilization. The principle “less is more” should therefore be considered.
Report Dragon Tree
The dragon tree is a plant for which regular repotting makes perfect sense. On the one hand, the substratum exchange loosens up the soil and thus increases the permeability for air and water. On the other hand, the root ball of the dragon tree grows along with the above-ground part of the tree, which is why your dragon tree will be pleased to have a larger plant container when repotting. You will find more details about repotting the dragon tree in our special article about repotting.
Dragon Tree Cutting
In principle, a dragon tree can do without a regular cut. If you don’t like the branching anymore, more dry or wilted leaves hang down or your darling simply grows over your head, but you can cut it back without any problems.
The best time to cut the dragon tree is at the beginning of spring. Your dragon tree is then on the verge of its greatest growth and can quickly compensate for the biomass lost through pruning. In principle, a cut can also be made at any other time of the year if circumstances require it. We offer you detailed instructions in our special article on cutting dragon trees.