A slow-growing houseplant with bamboo-like stems and large leaves, dark green and dappled with delicate cream flecks.
Growing Pot Size: 10 cm
- A medium-sized houseplant, growing up to 60cm tall and 30cm in spread.
- A lover of bright sunlight to enhance the unique variegation of the leaves.
- Moderate care level requirement
- Mildly toxic. Keep out of reach from children and pets.
- Growing Pot Size: 10 cm
Where is it from?
The Dracaena ‘Florida Beauty’, also known as Dracaena ‘Gold Dust’ is a tropical plant native to western regions of the African rainforest.
Dracaena: The Female Dragon
The name Dracaena comes from the Ancient Greek word 'drakaina' meaning ‘Female Dragon’ and the Dracaena genus contains 40 different species of plants. Fierce and hardy, yet graceful all the same. Do you know the female dragon in you?
Is this the right plant for me?
The Dracaena ‘Florida Beauty’ requires a little more care and attention than some houseplants, but find her the right spot in your home and you are all set. This is a plant that requires lots of bright sunlight to maintain the characteristic variegation of its leaves. A touch of direct sunlight won’t hurt it, but too much will cause premature leaf drop. Remember, this is a plant native to tropical environments - think dense jungle floors where direct sunlight is blocked by the branching canopies of other plants.
Dracaena ‘Florida Beauty’ also likes to have space for her roots to grow, so she will benefit from being placed in a larger pot. This is not a plant to simply fill a random corner in your home, but a plant to enliven a sunlit window sill or cabinet surface.
Plant Care Tips:
Light: Dracaena ‘Florida Beauty’ has high light requirements to maintain the beautiful variegation on the leaves. A position receiving lots of bright, indirect sunlight is perfect.
Water: This plant does not like wet soil conditions. In indoor environments, it grows slowly and therefore does not require extensive watering. Ensure the top 5cm of the soil has dried out before re-watering each time.
Soil: Plant up in a well-aerated, well-draining potting mix. Add perlite into an all-purpose compost to aid its aeration capacity.
Humidity: Dracaena ‘Florida Beauty’ likes some humidity. Regularly mist the plant with clean water to mimic tropical conditions.
Fertilizer: In spring and summer, you can feed this plant with a diluted mix of liquid fertilizer every two weeks. Stop in colder months.
Dracaena 'Florida Beauty' Common Problems & Questions:
Why is my Dracaena ‘Florida Beauty’ tall and spindly?
This is caused by a process called etiolation and it happens when a plant is not receiving enough sunlight. Stems grow long and weak in their effort to reach more light, leading to long internodes and smaller leaves. To remedy this, prune back the most prominent stems by a third (cut above a node) and reposition your plant in a spot with more light. This pruning will trigger new growth at the point of the cut and help your plant grow bushier.
Some of the leaves have brown tips and edges
This is most likely to be the result of letting your plant dry out too much. Although this plant likes its soil environment to be on the drier side, too little moisture can damage the root hairs and moisture uptake. Establish a better watering routine and remove any leaves that have passed the point of recovery. The plant could also benefit from higher humidity levels with a regular misting on the leaves.
Why is my Dracaena 'Florida Beauty' growing so slowly?
This may not be anything to worry about. Indoors, Dracaenas are typically slow-growing plants. Over the colder months, the plant is also likely to go into dormancy and it won’t grow during this period. However, it could also be the result of a poor root environment. Carefully lift your plant to check if the plant is root-bound. This Dracaena likes room for its roots to grow, and so repotting may be necessary. Repotting with fresh soil will also replenish soil nutrients.
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