How Often To Water Dracaena?

Dracaena is a popular houseplant known for its attractive foliage and low maintenance requirements. However, determining the correct watering frequency for your Dracaena can sometimes be a challenge. In this article, we will explore the factors that influence the watering needs of Dracaena and provide guidelines on how often to water this beloved indoor plant

When To Water Dracaena Marginata

The Madagascar dragon tree, also called Dracaena marginata, is a famous houseplant that is known for its bright colors and ease of care. Even though dracaenas can handle some neglect, they have specific water needs that should be met for them to stay healthy and grow.

Let the top 1-2 inches of soil dry out first

How Often To Water Dracaena

One of the most important things to remember is to wait until the top 1 to 2 inches of dirt are dry before watering again. This will make sure your plant gets enough water without getting too much.

If you aren’t sure if the dirt is dry or not, stick your finger in it up to the second knuckle. If the earth at this depth feels dry, it’s time to water. Make sure to water slowly and evenly until water starts to drip out of the holes in the bottom of the pot.

After you water your Dracaena Marginata, let it drain well before putting it back in its saucer or putting it on a piece of furniture. Root rot can happen if water stays in the bottom of the pot, so make sure your plant can drain completely before setting it back down.

A wetness meter can also help you know when to water your plant without having to guess. You just stick the meter into the dirt, and it tells you how much water is in the soil. From there, you can tell if the plant needs more water or if it needs to dry out a bit before you water it again.

Reduce Watering Frequency In Winter

During the winter, dracaena marginata needs less water. Cut back on how often you water to once every two weeks or even once a month. Before you water Dracaena Marginata again, let the top half of the dirt dry out. You can also stop giving your plant any fertilizer at all in the winter.

Most plants need a certain amount of time to rest, and winter is when most of them do this naturally. They won’t need as much water or nutrients as they do in the spring and summer, so cutting back in these places will keep your plant from getting root rot or fertilizer burn.

Avoid Overwatering

The number one way that Dracaena marginata dies is because it gets too much water. If you think your plant needs water, first look at the dirt. Put your finger in the ground as far as the first joint. It’s time to water if the land is dry.

If you water your Dracaena marginata and the leaves start to turn yellow and fall off, that means you’ve given it too much water. Before you water the plant again, let the top two inches of dirt dry out. Less water is needed in the winter, when growth is slower.

When you water a plant too much, the roots can rot, which can kill it quickly. If you think your plant may have root rot, you should fix the problem as soon as possible. You can take the plant out of its pot so you can look at its roots.

If you see roots that are brown or mushy, you’ll need to pull them out and repot the plant in a potting mix that is less wet. Use a wetness meter to make sure you don’t water your plant too much, and keep a close eye on it for a couple of months after you treat it for root rot. To help your plant get better, you may also need to give it a root vitamin.

Symptoms Of Overwatering

To keep your Dracaena healthy, there are a few signs that you might be giving it too much water. The first is leaves that are dying. If the leaves on your plant are starting to droop and drop, that means it isn’t getting enough water.

Leaves that turn yellow or brown are another sign of overwatering. If you start to see these colors on your plant, it means that the roots are getting too much water and not enough air.

Lastly, the rise of mold is another sign of overwatering. If your plant has mushrooms or mildew growing on it or on the top of the dirt, it is getting too much water.

Symptoms Of Underwatering

The main sign that a plant is getting too little water is that the leaves are dry and/or crispy. You may also see brown and/or weak tips on the leaves. Another sign to look out for is a plant that is generally dying or drooping and not making any new growth.

Another usual sign is that the leaves turn yellow, which is followed by the leaves falling off. If you have any of these signs, you should see a doctor right away. Change your watering schedule as needed, and pay attention to what your plant is saying you about how much water it needs.

Additional Care Tips for Dracaena

In addition to watering, there are a few more care tips to keep your Dracaena thriving:

  1. Humidity Requirements: Dracaena plants prefer moderate to high humidity levels. To increase humidity, you can place a tray of water near the plant or use a humidifier. Mist the leaves occasionally to provide extra moisture.
  2. Fertilizing Routines: Feed your Dracaena with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for proper application and frequency.
  3. Avoiding Common Mistakes: Avoid placing your Dracaena in direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. Also, be cautious of over-potting, as Dracaena prefers slightly cramped conditions. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating.

What Types of Dracaenas Are There?

Dracaenas come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from short, thin house plants to tall, bushy trees that are best for the garden. Every type of dracaena has its own set of colors, textures, and forms. Here are some of the different kinds of dracaena trees you might see:

Dracaena reflexa: Sometimes called “Song of India,” dracaena reflexa is a type of dracaena with green sword-shaped leaves that have yellow bands around the sides. These beautiful plants can grow to be several feet tall and have tight groups of leaves that make them look thick.

Dracaena fragrans massangeana: This plant is often called a mass cane or corn plant. It has wide green leaves with a yellow or lighter green stripe down the middle. The center stalks of the corn plant are thick and woody, and tall leaf whorls grow from the tops.

Dracaena marginata: The “Madagascar dragon tree,” or Dracaena marginata, has very thin leaves with a unique red and purple color along the edges. The thin, curved canes of Dracaena marginata plants make them look like small palm trees.

Dracaena draco: It is related to dracaena marginata and is sometimes called the “dragon tree” or the “dragon blood tree.” These palm-shaped plants can grow many feet taller than dracaena marginata plants and have blue or gray-colored leaves.

Because there are so many different kinds of dracaena plants, it’s easy to find the right one for your yard or home. These beautiful and hardy plants are a great addition to your yard or to your home or office to make it look better.


Proper watering is crucial for maintaining the health and beauty of your Dracaena plant. By understanding the factors that influence its watering needs and regularly assessing soil moisture, you can provide optimal care. Remember to adjust the watering frequency based on seasonal variations and environmental conditions. With the right care, your Dracaena will continue to thrive and bring greenery to your indoor space.


Why are the tips of my Dracaena’s leaves turning yellow or brown?.

Your Dracaena Lisa Cane’s lower leaves will slowly fall off. This is fine. As the plant gets bigger, the leaves at the bottom start to turn yellow and then brown. Wait until the leaves are dry enough to come off easily. If your plant is losing a lot of leaves, think about whether it needs more or less water or light.

Why are the tips of my Dracaena’s leaves turning yellow or brown??

“Tipping” is a normal thing for this type of plant. But if more than a few leaves seem to be damaged or the tips are big, it’s probably a watering problem.

How can I tell if I overwatered or underwatered my Dracaena Lisa Cane?

If the tips of your tree are brown with yellow edges, you are probably giving it too much water. If the leaves are all yellow and have crispy brown tips without yellow edges, it’s likely because the plant is getting too much water. Always touch the soil to see if its conditions fit what you think is wrong, and think about the care you have given recently.

How often should I fertilize my plant?

Most house plants will do well if you feed them from spring to fall. Use an organic houseplant fertilizer once a month, following the guidelines on the package for how much to mix and how to apply it. Greenery NYC uses an organic potting mix with slow-release fertilizer, so your plant won’t need fertilizer for the first six months after you get it.

How often does my plant need to be repotted?

We recommend repotting bigger floor plants every 18 to 24 months. Most of the time, you should choose a pot that is 2″ to 4″ bigger in diameter to make room for growth. Don’t choose a pot that is much bigger than the last one because the roots of the plant could drown. If you want your plant to stay the same size, repot it into the same container, add new soil, and cut away some roots and leaves. The best time to repot a plant is in the spring or summer, when it is at its healthiest.

Remember, understanding and meeting the watering needs of your Dracaena will contribute to its overall health and longevity. Enjoy the beauty of your well-cared-for plant!