Dakar Dracaena Arborea
It likes a shady spot in a sunny room
It likes bright, indirect light. Just make sure that the rays of sunlight do not directly hit its gorgeous leaves. Next to a window, don't place it too close to the glass as it will scorch its leaves.
It likes its soil moist but never soggy
Its watering schedule will need a little bit of experimentation depending on where it's placed. Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it.
Start by watering once a week. Water it thoroughly till the liquid drains out. Pour water slowly all around the center of the plant so that it filters down the base. Watering is no good if the water runs down the outside of the root ball leaving the central roots dry. This happens if you water too quickly. Slower watering is more effective. Prick holes into the soil with a chopstick and pour water inside to make sure it goes down well.
Check in after a week (or perhaps even two) by poking your finger into the soil about half an inch and feel its moisture level. If it's moist, try again in a couple of days. Only once the soil's dry is a drink in order. After a few weeks of this, you can work out the ideal watering schedule.
But there's a twist! Once it's spring, you will have to adjust its routine all over again as it will need more water. Don't worry, we'll send you a reminder.
Spa day, once a month
1. Trim off yellowish brown leaves from the bottom snipping closely to the central stem. Nothing to worry about. These are a natural part of the aging process.
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 helps it to soak in light more easily too
5. Spin it around to make sure its leaves are sunned evenly as it tends to grow towards sunlight.