Dracaena 'Colorama' | Dragon Tree

Asch Building

$20

Origin: Madagascar

Height: Up to 6 ft (1.8 m) indoors; this tree is slow-growing and will take a while to reach this height.

Light: Bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight in summer, which may cause dry, brown patches on leaves. Give your Dragon Tree a quarter turn every week to expose all sides to light for even growth.

Water: Keep soil lightly moist spring through fall, slightly drier in winter. Do not let soil get waterlogged, which can cause root rot. Drooping, yellow leaves are a sign of root rot. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent soggy potting soil.

Humidity: Average room (around 40% relative humidity). Will tolerate dry air.

Temperature: Normal room temperatures (65-75°F/18-24°C). This tropical native doesn't like cold air, which can cause its leaves to fall off. Keep your tree away from heat/AC vents as well as blasts from windows and doorways in the winter.

Soil: Good-quality, all-purpose potting mix.

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a balanced (10-10-10) liquid fertilizer diluted by half. Don't forget to feed your tree -- pale leaves are sometimes caused by too little fertilizer.

Propagation: Cut sections of the cane into 4-6-inch (10-15 cm) pieces and root them like stem cuttings. For best results, dip cut ends in rooting hormone powder before setting them in potting medium. Use a sterile medium, such as seed starting mix, or a half-and-half mix of peat moss-based mix and horticultural sand. Keep potting medium lightly moist and warm for roots to develop.