BOTANICAL NAME: Dracaena fragrans massangeana
COMMON NAME: Happy Plant
DESCRIPTION: Rosettes of rich green loosely arching leaves, broadly striped and banded light green and yellow down the centre atop thick canes. Usually multi-planted.
LIGHT/POSITION: Medium to high light in a warm position will maintain good colour variegation in the leaves. In draughts the leaves droop.
WATERING: Evenly moist to dry – never allow to sit in water. Plant will tolerate moisture if actively growing.
CLEANING: Spray and wipe excess from leaves to keep free from dust. Light oil older leaves to gloss, if required.
PESTS: Mealybug in hot dry conditions but general cleaning techniques will keep these plants pest free.
DISEASES: Like Cordylines, Dracaenas are sensitive to fluoride content of water which can build up over time.
FERTILISING: Not usually recommended with interiorscapes. Weak liquid fertiliser in growth periods, if necessary.
PRUNING: Remove entire ‘cane’ or trunk if one in the pot is damaged or dying.
PRESENTATION: Excellent focal plant. Turn regularly for even leaf growth. Keep in high light to maintain colour.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Dracaena fragans is the plain green form used where light level is less.