Tropical Africa. The Accra Dracaena is neat, elegant and lush. Its glossy green leaves burst out from its base. It's very good looking. It's unusual for Dracaenas to have any problems. They're really easy going. But here are a few tips just in case.

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Half and half

Half and half

Shady with a little sun. It will do best in light shade or filtered sunlight. If it's too bright, its leaves will scorch . If its new leaves are small and under-developed, it's probably not getting enough sunlight and you should move it to a slightly brighter spot.

It likes to dry out between waterings

It likes to dry out between waterings

The best way to water it is to give it a generous watering until water runs out of the drainage hole. Wipe up drained water because the plant doesn't like wet feet, and this can cause root rot. Allow the top layer of soil to dry out between waterings.

Poke your finger into the soil to test its moisture level. If the top few inches of the soil are dry to the touch, then it is safe to proceed with watering, but if you can feel moisture, then you should wait before watering the plant again. The aim is to keep the lower level of soil moist but not soggy. It’s a bit of experimenting to get to the right balance but don’t worry, you’ll get it after a bit of trial and error.

Start with roughly twice a week. More in the hot, summer months, less in the monsoon and cooler seasons.

Spa day, once every few months

Spa day, once every few months

1. Cut off any brown leaves, snipping closely to the central stem.

2. Scrape off any white mould on top of the soil. It’s just harmless fungi that lives in the soil. Lightly dust the soil with ground cinnamon.

3. Poke holes in the soil with a chopstick to aerate it and and give your plant a bit of extra breathing room. Sprinkle a tablespoon of vitamins in the soil and massage in.

4. Shine its leaves with a damp cloth, gently removing any dust. Front and back. This not only makes your plant look nicer but also helps it to soak in light more easily.

5. Spin it around to make sure its leaves are sunned evenly as it tends to grow towards sunlight.

6. Clean your cork mat with water and a bit of soap if needed.

Mist it occasionally

Mist it occasionally

But only if its leaves are dusty. Don't wet it too much.

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