Songs of India, also known as Dracaena reflexa, has long been favoured for its variegated foliage. This lovely small bush plant is both easy to maintain ( very hard to kill) and forgiving. It is believed to be of Madagascan origin and then some parts of Mauritius and Indian ocean. The Dracaena reflexa yellow plant is admired for a couple of reasons. First, it grows in attractive chartreuse foliage of yellow margins and coloured stripes. Also, it can tolerate low light and different levels of humidity
The leaves of the Dracaena are broad, while the plant itself is found within the list of fantastic air purifying plants. They add a splash of vibrant yellow and olive green colours to any indoor area. Although, they rarely flower, the fronds have a spectacular floral arrangement which is hardly obvious and may be followed by small orange-red berries. The name Songs of India is derived from the plant’s origin which is linked to the Indian oceans. With time, the plant loses its lower leaves, and the irregular stems may begin to turn into a cane form.
- Other names: Dracaena reflexa is also known as Pleomele and Dracaena Songs or India.
- Planting environment: Grow the dracaena as an ornamental indoor plant to add a flush of light to your interiors. Perfect as a table top kokedama.
- Sunlight: The plant likes to be placed in low light or part shade with some exposure to the morning sun. The more indirect light the plant gets, the faster it grows.
- Watering/Soaking: Soak the moss ball 3/4th in water for 5 minutes once a week. Ensure the soil dries out before next watering. Overwatering the plant cause yellow leaves with brown tips.
- Misting: Mist the dracaena only twice a week to keep the soil moist and improve humidity.
- Fertilisation: Dracaena plants do not need so much feeding. Apply a diluted fertiliser once in two months and never in winter or autumn.
- Temperature: Songs of India plant loves warmer temperatures, never below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid exposing them to cold drafts or heating vents.