How to Care for a Dracaena Colorama

How to Care for a Dracaena Colorama

Use these instructions to care for a Dracaena Colorama. This guide will tell you how to water your Dracaena Colorama, its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

Light Requirements

Your Dracaena Colorama prefers medium indirect sunlight. Brown spots on the leaves usually indicate the plant is getting too much light. Pale leaves, slow growth, and small new leaves indicate it is not getting enough light.  

Water Requirements

Overwatering causes root rot and is the main reason a Colorama plant dies. Water it well and allow the top half of the soil to dry before watering again. Brown tips on the leaves can indicate overwatering, while numerous yellow leaves mean the plant needs more water.  

Humidity Preference

Your Dracaena Colorama will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.  

Optimum Temperature

Your Dracaena likes comfortable room temperatures between 65-80 degrees. Do not allow the temperature to fall below 60 degrees.  

Plant Food

This plant likes to be fed every two weeks in the spring and summer with a well-balanced plant food at half the recommended strength. No food is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows. Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any fertilizer.  

Additional Care

Your Dracaena Colorama is sensitive to an excess of fluoride which is found in tap water and will present with brown or yellow margins of its leaves. If you do not have a filtration system, leaving the tap water in an open container overnight before watering can help remove some of the fluorides. ¬†When the plant begins to outgrow its space you can regulate the height by cutting off the top to the desired height. The tall, bare cane looks odd for a while, but within a few weeks, new shoots appear as the foliage begins to regrow.  

Toxicity

Dracaena Colorama leaves are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.