Dracaena – Gold Dust is Easy to Grow
Dracaena plants are commonly used as indoor plants, especially for those that have limited light in their homes. There are about 40 varieties of shrubs and small trees in the family and they are known as rugged, low maintenance house plants.
The Dracaena surculosa is a gorgeous plant. It has glossy green leaves and white and yellow splotches over the leaf surface. One can easily see from this photo why it has the common name “Gold Dust.”
How to care for a Gold Dust Dracaena.
- Light: Bright, filtered light is ideal, which makes it a great indoor plant
- Watering: 1-2 times a week, or when the soil is dry down to about the first knuckle. Don’t over water. Dracaena does not like wet feet. Water less in the winter months when the plant does not grow as much.
- Fertilize: Add fertilizer once a month when actively growing with an all purpose plant food.
- Flowering: Dracaenas almost never flower indoors. When grown as a perennial, you may get fragrant white flowers and red berries.
- Propagation: By rooting tip cuttings and also from stem cuttings of semi-mature stems.
- Temperature: Dracaena likes temperatures of 55-65 degrees F the best. It is not hardy outside where temps routinely fall below 55 degrees F.
- Soil: Well drained soil is a must.
- Pruning: Generally not necessary. If your plant gets tall and spindly, cut it back to about 6″ in the spring and it will send out new shoots.
- Repotting: Do this in the spring if the plant is pot bound to allow for new growth.