Coastal African. The Mozambique Colorama is distinctive, graceful and dramatic. It perks up a space with its dazzling leaves, long stems and unique form. It's ideal for a modern and minimal look. Nothing usually defeats this strong Dracaena but it happens to the best of us. A yellow leaf here and saggy stem there. We’ve got you.
A Semi Shady to Bright Spot
The Mozambique Colorama makes a wonderful house plant because it's extremely adaptable. While its ideal spot is bright indirect light, it will survive low light situations. However, it will not have as robust growth or vibrant colour in a low light situation.
Let it dry out between waterings
It doesn't like too much water.
The best way to water it is to give it a generous watering until water runs out of the drainage hole of the pot. Discard any drained water because the plant doesn't like wet feet, and this can cause root rot. Allow the top layer of the soil to dry out between waterings to make sure it does not get overwatered.
Poke your finger into the soil to test its moisture level. If the top few inches of the soil are dry to the touch, it's safe to proceed with watering. If you can feel moisture, then wait before watering 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 3 times a week. More in the hot, summer months, less in the monsoon and cooler seasons.
Spa day, once a month
1. Pull off dead leaves. Most of them usually fall off anyway.
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.
6. Clean your cork mat with soap and water or white vinegar.
Why is my Mozambique Colorama getting white fungus?
While the Dracaena is pretty much disease and pest resistant there is a possibility for a white substance to take over the stems and leaves. It may look like fungus but in fact it’s a pest called Mealy Bugs. Spray it with neem oil twice a week for a couple of weeks.