The Q&A Archives: Care of Dracaena Sanderiana

Question: How do I care for my Dracaena sanderiana? I'm rooting it in water at the moment, but want to be prepared for transplanting.

Answer: Dracaena sanderiana, or ribbon plant, does best in medium light but can be gradually conditioned to grow in lower light situations. It prefers moderate watering and will suffer if over-watered, so I am a bit surprised you are able to grow it in water. Usually it is propagated by cuttings (either basal, root or tip) stuck into a barely dampened sterile soilless potting mix, with the plants kept in light shade and warm temperatures with ample humidity (tropical conditions) until they are rooted. This plant makes an excellent container specimen. If you can provide warm temperatures and some gentle bottom heat, you might try putting the cutting into the above type of mix now. Otherwise, if it seems healthy in the water, you might wait until summer and try rooting it as directed above but set the pot in a shady spot outdoors until it roots.

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