Song of India Plant

Scientific name : “Dracaena reflexa”

Everyone who develops a love of houseplants needs to start somewhere. A great plant for novices is rewarding, yet forgiving, Dracaena reflexa or Song of India. A native to the islands of the Indian ocean, this broadleaf evergreen will often grow 18 to 20 feet in the wild but can be an adaptable plant when grown indoors.

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Everyone who develops a love of houseplants needs to start somewhere. A great plant for novices is rewarding, yet forgiving, Dracaena reflexa or Song of India. A native to the islands of the Indian ocean, this broadleaf evergreen will often grow 18 to 20 feet in the wild but can be an adaptable plant when grown indoors. It will suit your needs as either a tabletop or floor specimen. As a house plant, look for it to reach a maximum height of three to six feet. What draws admirers to the Song of India, besides, its relatively easy care, is the eye-pleasing foliage. It has striking alternating dark green and chartreuse stripes on narrow-lanceolate leaves with veins that run parallel along their length. These leaves are in a whorled arrangement and will gradually die off revealing a stem with an interesting pattern.

Sunlight – It requires bright indirect sunlight.

Watering – Keep your plant’s soil moist but not soaked spring through fall. You should keep it less watered in the winter.

Plant Care – When keeping this plant indoors, normal room temperatures of 65-75°F are perfect for the Song of India. It is important to know that it does not tolerate cold well, and even a slight draft near a cold window can do serious harm to this plant that is a native to the warm climes of the Indian Ocean. It should be fed bi-weekly in the spring and summer with a 10-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half. No feeding is needed during the winter months.

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