Plant Care Guide Dracena Reflexa

Difficulty Level: Low Key
Low Key

What is the Song of India plant?

Dracena Reflexa, also known as the “Song of India,” is a houseplant that can be naturally found in the islands neighboring Madagascar. It is characterized by its long, slender leaves, which sport a deep green center and a golden rim.

This plant does not require a stringent care regime, making it perfect for those who are just beginning their houseplant journey. Its leaves brighten up any room, and when cared for properly, they can reach lengths of up to 1ft!

Light CareLight Care

As is the case with most houseplants, the Song of India prefers bright, indirect light. This is partially due to its tropical roots, where it would not often be exposed to direct light. Too much direct light could result in the plant’s leaves burning and losing their vibrant colors, and too little light in general could cause the plant’s growth to become stunted.

Place this plant in a space that can provide a consistent source of bright, indirect light, and avoid those that might fluctuate between bright and low light throughout the year. Once you have found this space, you are well on your way!

Water CareWater Care

Water your Song of India on a biweekly basis. This plant does not required a great deal of water, which is part of what makes it such a great fit for beginners. By watering it biweekly, you will provide its soil with the ideal amount of moisture.

To check the water levels of your plant’s soil, place a water meter a few inches into the soil, where it will give you an accurate indication. If you do not own a water meter, stick one finger knuckle-deep into the soil. At this depth, you will be able to accurately account for the soil’s level of moistness.

Food GuideFood Guide

Provide your Song of India with an organic, well-draining potting soil. This will allow it to enjoy an array of helpful minerals while avoiding its roots being damaged by undrained water.

During the growing season, fertilize your Song of India on a monthly basis, using a diluted, liquid fertilizing formula. Avoid fertilizing your plant during the Winter months, as it will not be looking to grow and therefore has no need for it.

Staff Holy Grail Pro-Tip:

The Song of India can attribute its swift growth and beautiful color patterns to its native origins across multiple tropical islands in the Indian Ocean. To keep your plant looking strong and fashionable, spritz its leaves using a water bottle to mimic the naturally high humidity levels it would enjoy in the wild, or rub them softly with a soft, dampened cloth!