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Stunning closeup of the striped variegation on the Dracaena Song of India Plant single song of india pleomele plant with covered in overlapping variegated leaves pleomele dracaena song of india indoor plants together in a group song of india pleomele variegated leaves with yellow borders around green axilliary spike with small inconspicuous flowers on pleomele song of india

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Dracaena Song of India

Dracaena reflexa

Dracaena Song of India plants are considered to be one of the more beautiful dracaena plants available. These easy-care plants bring a bold splash of color, while also giving a fun eccentric vibe to a space.

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A stunning ornamental dracaena, the Pleomele or Dracaena Song of India plant is beloved for its arching variegated blade-like leaves that radiate bright shades of yellow and green. These spunky little trees make a fun bold addition to any space.

The popular tropical plant is fairly drought tolerant and can sustain a significant amount of neglect. Scientifically referred to as Dracaena Reflexa Song of India, this bright plant is considered decently low-maintenance and easy to grow. Their bright yellow and green leaves are brightest and happiest when grown in a bright indirect light, making them perfect plants for a windowsill or sunroom in your home.

Other important plant care practices to note with this plant include providing high humidity levels, and consistent room temperatures of 65-75°F. Additionally, you should fertilize this plant in the growing months of spring and summer.

Common problems with this plant include yellowing leaf tips--often indicating the plant wants more moisture in the form of humidity levels or watering. Root rot is another dreaded problem that will occur as a result of too much water. To find that happy medium, we recommend letting your soil dry out in between waterings and using a well draining potting mix.

As these house plants mature, it is completely natural for the bottom leaves to turn yellow and die off. This is not a cause for concern, for you can simply remove the lower leaves and your Dracaena should continue to put out new growth. If leaves continue to die, we recommend checking your Song of India for common plant pests such as spider mites.

While Dracaena plants are considered slow growing, they can reach heights of around three feet when grown as an indoor plant, and can reach heights anywhere from 18 feet to 20 feet when grown outside in a tropical climate. Dracaena Song of India plants will surely be a fun new addition to any space. And as an added bonus, these eclectic houseplants have made it on the list of NASA certified Air Purifying Plants.


Hardiness Zone: 10-11
Mature Height: 3 Feet in containers
Mature Width: 1 to 2 Feet in containers
Classification: Tropical
Sunlight: Bright indirect light to low light
Foliage: Long green and yellow striped variegation, tightly whorled
Soil Condition: Average, well draining
Water Requirements: Moderate, let dry out between waterings
Uses: Ornamental houseplant
Growzone: 10-11 Dracaena Song of India Hardiness Zone 10-11

How to Care for Dracaena Song of India

Before you buy a Pleomele Song of India Plant, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

What is the best light for Pleomele Song of India Plants?

What is the best light for Pleomele Song of India Plants?

Pleomele Song of India Dracaena plants can tolerate low indoor light, but their colors are more vibrant in bright indirect light. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves.

How do I water my Pleomele Dracaena Reflexa Plant?

How do I water my Pleomele Dracaena Reflexa Plant?

It is better to underwater than overwater a pleomele plant, since overwatering will create mushy stems and could cause root rot. Once the soil feels dry to the touch an inch down, then water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the container into the tray below. Once all the water has drained, you can pour that excess water back into the soil to let it absorb more. Once that second round has fully drained, discard what is remaining in the drip tray so that your plant does not sit with wet feet.


Frequently Asked questions

Are Dracaena reflexa plants toxic to pets?

Why is Dracaena reflexa called the Song of India?

Can a Dracaena plant be pruned?

Why are the leaves of my Dracaena turning Brown?


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