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How to Look After a Dragon Tree Plant

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: June 10, 2019
How to Look After a Dragon Tree Plant

A dragon tree plant, not to be confused with a Canary Islands dragon tree, is a charming tropical plant for indoor or outdoor decoration. Its hanging leaves combine green and yellow tones and these go well in multiple areas of the home. Also, if you have an adult dragon tree plant, you should know that with maturity these plants can reach two meters high and they bloom in an aromatic flower.

If you want to know more about this tropical plant, don't stop reading the following article we present to you here at oneHOWTO. This time, we provide all the necessary information for you to discover how to care for a dragon tree plant. Give your dragon tree all the attention and care it needs to attain the required strength and to break into bloom with beautiful and healthy flowers.

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Steps to follow:


The dragon tree is a tropical evergreen plant suitable for both the interior and the exterior of your home. Its most common use is decorative, and it is important to know that it is a plant that can reach two meters high. You must take this into account when you think of the place you want to locate it in your house.


To select the location of your plant, you should also pay attention to the type of light required by the plant. Dragon tree plants can be located both indoors and outdoors when sunlight does not directly hit the plant. If the sun was directed to the plant, it could burn the leaves and kill the plant. You must stick the dragon tree in a lighted place so their bright colours are maintained and so the plant doesn't turn a darker shade.

How to Look After a Dragon Tree Plant - Step 2

Regarding the temperature, the most suitable for a tropical plant is always kept between 20 and 25 degree Celsius. As this is a tropical plant, dragon tree rejects cold environments and needs moisture to grow. To keep it moist, you can spray it with water between two to three times per week or rub a wet cloth along its delicate leaves every so often to get rid of any nasty duster that lingers. If the tips of the leaves dry up, it is a clear indicator that the plant needs more water.


Dragon tree plants do not need a lot of water. It is recommended that you water this plant when you notice that the soil is dry or the leaves are falling off.

If there are little puddles of water in the plant pot or if the leaves have turned a sickening shade of yellow, then the plant is drowning in all the water you've given it. These plants are used to lots of humidity, but they do not need much water.


As with most tropical plants, the dragon tree should be planted in a pot that has excellent drainage to ensure the plant's special needs are met. As for fertilisation, we recommend adding peat on the surface and then fertilise the plant every 20 to 30 days, approximately, especially during the summer months. To do this, you can use a liquid fertilizer diluted in water.


The breeding season for the plant is the rainy season, i.e., spring-autumn. To perform this task, you can plant cuttings or use the roots to create new potential life, always after pruning.

To prune your dragon plant, first cut the top, as this cut will give forth two lateral buds. Place in water one of the shoots. When you observe that it has sprouted roots, you can plant it in a new pot.

How to Look After a Dragon Tree Plant - Step 6

Finally, it is recommended that you transplant the dragon tree plant every two years, approximately. Remember it is a large plant, the fact that it's in a larger pot might comfort you and your plant. Pot changes will be positive whenever you help find the best habitat to for your plant to grow and become lustrous, healthy and strong.

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  • Water the flower only twice. If yours does, remember to cut the flower once it wilts. This prevents the plant dying away.
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