Pleomele Anita - Knowledgebase Question

Atlanta, GA
Question by darnatl
May 30, 2005
I had been unable to locate any information about how to care for a

Answer from NGA
May 30, 2005


Pleomele, or Malaysian Dracaena, is native to India, Madagascar and Mauritius. In nature, they often reach about 30 feet tall, but in containers they only reach 7 to 8 feet tall. They have dark green leathery leaves about 6 inches long (15 cm). These plants are often grouped with the Dracaenas, but differ in that they have no midrib.

Pleomele needs partial shade or bright indirect light. Use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The soil should be allowed to dry slightly between waterings, but don't allow it to dry completely. Fertilize on a monthly basis with a balanced fertilizer. As the plants get older, they tend to look scraggly and should be trimmed to keep a neat appearance. This is usually done in the spring after flowering.

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