Can I bottom water a dracaena?

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Can I bottom water a dracaena?

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answered Jun 26 by landobrian (4,670 points)
You can bottom water a dracaena which is actually the best way to water your dracaena plant.

When watering dracaena you should water the dracaena from bottom to encourage roots to grow downwards and keep the foliage dry.

Drainage is also key and you should ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from pooling at the bottom.

You should water a dracaena plant as often as once a week or every other week and allow the soil to dry between watering.

Misting the leaves of the dracaena once or twice a week can also keep it hydrated.

You will know if your Dracaena roots are rotting by looking at the leaves as the visible signs of root rot in Dracaena plants are yellow leaves and leaves that are wilting and roots which feel like old and mushy bananas.

Brown tips on a dracaena plant means that the dracaena is usually not getting enough water or it's getting too much sunlight.

If you don't water your dracaena plant enough then it will get brown tips so if you notice brown tips on your dracaena plant you should water it more often.

Brown spots on dracaena leaves are a result of the dracaena plant getting too much direct sunlight which can cause brown spots or scorched leaves.

You should move the dracaena plant to a location that has less direct sunlight or use a sheer curtain to filter the sunlight.

Also pests such as spider mites, mealybugs and scale can also cause brown spots or discoloration on Dracaena leaves.

The reason your Dracaena leaves are turning yellow and brown is a result of root rot and can also occur due to over watering the plant or if they are around cold drafts.

The ideal temperature for dracaena is between 65 F to 75 F and dracaena plants can tolerate low temperatures down to 50 F.

However cold drafts such as from being placed too close to windows or air conditioners can cause the leaves tips to turn brown and curl.

Dracaena is good for humidity as dracaena will increase humidity in the room as they release around 97 percent of water they take in so dracaena is a natural room humidifier.

Dracaena plants like bright but indirect sunlight.

The facing window that is best for dracaena is an Eastern facing window or Western facing window and the dracaena plant does best in bright but indirect sunlight and too much sunlight can burn the dracaena plants leaves.

The best place to put a dracaena plant is in a location that gets a lot of humidity such as a kitchen or bathroom and they prefer under watering than over watering.

The dracaena plant also does best in bright and indirect sunlight.

To make a dracaena happy you should place the dracaena plant in bright but indirect sunlight, pot your dracaena plants in well draining potting mix, water the dracaena plants when the top inch of the soil is dry and use filtered water without chlorine when possible and after a month of being planted you should feed the dracaena plant with plant food and prune the dracaena plant when the plant gets too tall.

The dracaena plant is a natural air purifier and can help to purifier the home and rooms they are located in.

A dracaena plant is great at absorbing xylene which is a chemical that is released from paints car exhaust and cigarettes and other pollutants in the air.

Dracaena is also known as the dragon tree or dracaena marginata and requires very little light and can be placed and located in almost any space and even locations that do not have windows.

Dracaena is a genus of about 120 species of trees and succulent shrubs.

The formerly accepted genera Pleomele and Sansevieria are now included in Dracaena.

In the APG IV classification system, it is placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoideae.

Dracaena plants benefit from bright, indirect light.

Although if the dracaena plant is given too much sun, the leaves are at risk of scorch.

It's a good idea to grow the dracaena plants in a bathroom or kitchen for humidity.

Dragon plants also much prefer under watering to over watering, so let the top few centimeters of soil dry out and test with your finger before watering the dracaena plant again.

Dracaena plants are toxic to cats and dogs if ingested, potentially leading to vomiting, drooling, and other symptoms.

Some individuals might find the relatively slow growth rate of Dracaena fragrans a disadvantage if they're looking for a fast-growing plant to quickly fill a space.

Dracaenas plants are usually grown as houseplants, in which case they need a warm location with bright indirect light, but they can be moved outdoors in the summer.

Some varieties of dracaena plants are winter hardy in semitropical USDA Zones 10–11, where the temperature remains at least 50°F.

Dracaenas aren't often attacked by disease, but they can suffer from soft rot and fusarium leaf spot.

Leaf spot can appear for a number of reasons, such as poor air circulation, over watering, inconsistent watering or high humidity.

Dracaena plants do not require a lot of water and are happiest when their soil is kept slightly moist but never soggy.

Water your dracaena about once a week or every other week, allowing the soil to dry between watering's.

You can also help keep your dracaena hydrated by misting its leaves once or twice a week.

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