Dracaena - Sol Cane
- Botanical Name: Dracaena Fragrans 'sol'
- Origins: Tropical Africa
- Light: Medium Light
- Watering: Every 2 to 7 Days
- Growth Speed: Slow
- Grower: Novice
- Style: Table Top
- Home Decor: Casual
- Variety Code: 642
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Product Description - Sol Cane
Dracaenas display such amazing diversity in foliage that it is hard to realize they all belong to one genus. D. deremensis, rarely grown in the form of the basic species, comes in several popular varieties, most of which grow 2 to 5 feet tall. Two of the best are Janet Craig, which has strap like shiny dark green leaves 12 to 18 inches long and about 2 inches wide, and Warneckei, a variety particularly suited to dim light, which has 8 to 12 inch stiff sword-like gray-green leaves with white stripes. The Dragon Tree has thick, stiff pointed leaves 18 to 24 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches wide. The leaves are silvery green and grow in a rosette form when the plant is young. As the plant matures, it forms a stubby trunk and may in some cases become 3 to 4 feet tall.
The fragrant Dracaena is most famous for its variety D. fragrans Massangeana, corn plant, which grows up to 6 feet tall and bears leaves 18 to 30 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. The leaves, marked with a yellow stripe down the center, resemble those of corn plants. The Gold Dust dracaena is quite unlike the other species. It grows 2 1/2 feet tall and has thin wiry stems and flat oval leaves, 3 to 4 inches long that are held horizontally in tiers or spirals along the stems. The dark green leaves are generously spotted with a creamy yellow that fades to white as the leaves mature.The stunning variety Florida Beauty has so much yellow or white on its leaves that little green is visible. The Red Margined dracaena is sometimes erroneously called Spanish Dagger because it looks like Yucca gloriosa, the plant that is generally known by that common name. The Red Margined dracaena bears clusters of 12 to 15 inch, red-edged leaves about 1/2 inch wide that grow atop 3/4 inch-wide main stems, which become as tall as 8 feet. Sanders dracaena, an extremely durable species that grows well in plain water, has gracefully lax leaves 7 to 10 inches long and about 1 inch wide. They are gray-green and have broad white edges. Young plants a few inches tall are frequently used in dish gardens. Mature plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall with stems up to 1/2 inch thick.
Plant CareDracaenas do best in bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight; if only artificial light is available, provide at least 400 foot-candles. Night temperatures of 65 to 70 and day temperatures of 75 to 85 are ideal. Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not let the pots stand in water. Newly purchased or potted plants should not be fertilized for three months; established plants should be fed at three-month intervals. Repot overcrowded plants at any season, using packaged general-purpose potting soil. To stimulate fresh growth and rejuvenate old plants, cut back dracaenas at any seasoneven as close as 4 to 6 inches to the rim of the pot. Propagate from stem cuttings, from sections of main stems or by the method known as air layering. Watch all dracaenas for spider mites.
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 03:42 |
posted by Stephanie
Are the leaves or the trunk turning brown? If the trunk is going from a dark smooth green to a rough, bark-like light brown, nothing is wrong with it, it's just maturing. If the leaves are turning brown, it could be due to lack of water or sunburn. If it is constantly in direct light, move it off to the side rather than in the sunlight and see if that helps.
Thursday, 17 May 2012 17:55 |
posted by Mandy
I bought mine about a month ago and the trunk is turning brown. Anybody know why?
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 02:56 |
posted by Elisa Meridith
I just got my plant today and I can already say I am really excited! I am a freshman in college and I got pretty lonely here in my dorm! My roommate got a beta fish and I got jealous because I didn't have my pets from back at home! I had wanted a plant for a while and then we went to walmart and there it was! I really love connecting on a personal level with the things I own, so I so strategically decided that my plant was, in fact, male and named him Nikolaj (Nick-ole-eye)! It means "people conquer" in greek! I am excited that he is a novice level plant and am proud to be a new owner of this "Soul" Cane :)
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