The Leaves and the Flowers
The leaves represent the decorative element of the plant, are green mixed with the cream-yellow color and are grouped in groups so close together that they appear to be small rosettes.
Not everyone knows this, but the flowers that grow from potted plants are rare. In this case, the flowers can have a green or white or ivory color and are clustered together. They bloom in winter and are very elegant and delicate.
The plant should be repotted every 3 or 4 years, always in spring. The new pot must be a little larger than the previous one, let’s say at least 3 cm, to leave the right space for the plant to grow properly.
The land you choose, of course, must be the specific one for the pots, even better if it is a fertilized mix composed of peat or perlite or coconut fiber, all ingredients that ensure good drainage to the soil since they retain the moisture and leave the living space at the roots to grow properly. And don’t forget about repotting: it’s very important!
Dracaena Reflexa can, and must, be fertilized with a good fertilizer suitable for slow-release green plants, rich in all those trace elements necessary for its correct and luxuriant growth.
As an alternative to the classic fertilizer, you can administer a little liquid fertilizer every 15 days, as long as it is a specific product for green plants and is suitably diluted in the irrigating water. In this case, the ideal fertilizer is the one that contains a high nitrogen (N) and potassium (K) content, as well as a good percentage of iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), boron (B), molybdenum (Mo), very important elements for balanced and correct growth.
We have said that Dracaena Reflexa is a plant that loves to live in moist soil that is free from stagnation. In summer, to ensure the right level of humidity for the plant, you can spray the leaves with water, preferably without limestone but distilled, to avoid the formation of spots on the leaves which are a little unsightly to the eye. During the winter you can water in moderation and only when the soil is dry on the surface.
Dogs and cats in the house?
We anticipated earlier that this plant is not the ideal choice if you live with a four-legged friend. Why this?
Because this plant, like many others, is actually poisonous to humans and also to animals. So if it is better to avoid it if there are small children in the house, it is better to do the same if an animal lives in the house. Especially if your furry is rather curious and obstinate and would go to tease the plant even if you have placed it in a place that seems safe: better to avoid unpleasant inconveniences!
So what do you say? Do you try to grow this beautiful plant? Come on, the new year has just begun and many other plants are waiting for us, all to be discovered, learned and cultivated together!