How to Care for a Dracaena Jade Jewel

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

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS

Your Dracaena Jade Jewel prefers medium indirect sunlight but can survive in low light situations. Brown spots on the leaves or pale, bleached leaves usually indicate the plant is getting too much light. Leaves with less variegation, slow growth, and small new leaves indicate it is not getting enough light.  

WATER REQUIREMENTS

Water your plant thoroughly and allow the top 75% of the soil to dry before watering again. In low light, allow the soil to dry completely before watering. Water your plant less in the winter, when light levels are lower and growth has slowed. Overwatering will cause leaves to turn yellow and fall off, as well as root rot, and the eventual death of the plant.   

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE

Your Jade Jewel will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.   

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE

This plant likes average room temperatures between 65-80 degrees. They do not do well in temperatures below 55 degrees. Cold winter drafts and blowing heaters can damage the leaves.   

PLANT FOOD

Dracaena Jade Jewel needs very little plant food. Feed once or twice a year in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food diluted to half the recommended strength. Too much fertilizer will cause the leaf tips to burn.  

ADDITIONAL CARE

Look out for a common problem called ‘tipping,’ when the tips of the leaves dry out and turn brown. This can be caused by a variety of issues like overwatering or fertilizer burn. The most common cause is tap water, which contains salts, chlorine, fluoride, and other elements that may be harmful if built up in the soil. 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 chlorine and fluoride.   

TOXICITY

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