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GeorgiaKaren
Apr 26, 2017 10:53 AM CST
Can I grow a Dracaena outside if partially in direct sunlight?
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Baja_Costero
Apr 26, 2017 11:00 AM CST
It depends on the plant (120 species) but yes, probably. Can you post a picture? Do you know the common name or species name of your plant?

Be careful moving an indoor plant outside into the sun because it will need to build up some resistance, which takes time. Indoor sun is different from outdoor sun because regular window glass cuts most of the UV. If you're moving an indoor plant outside, maybe start with bright shade, filtered light, or a little morning sun before you start pushing the limits. Give the plant a couple of weeks to get used to the situation before you start gradually ramping up the amount (time and intensity) of outdoor sun.

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plantladylin
Apr 26, 2017 12:00 PM CST
Hi GeorgiaKaren, Welcome!

As Baja stated, it will depend on the species of Dracaaena you want to put outside and the growing zone where you live. From your user name, I'm assuming you are in Georgia, U.S.A. but there is a country in Europe also called Georgia so it really depends on your location and even the location of your city! For instance, something that grows outside in the extreme southern part of Georgia like Savannah, may not survive winters in the northwestern part of the state. This article about tropical plants for Georgia gardens : http://extension.uga.edu/publi... mentions Song of India (Dracaena reflexa) which I've never known to grow in northern zones!

Some Dracaena might be able to handle colder temperatures while others are more tropical and will only grow in zones 9, 10 or higher. It will help if you can upload a photo to this page so that we can see which one you are wanting to know about.

We have lots of Dracaena listed in our database with photos and growing information: https://garden.org/plants/brow...
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tarev
Apr 26, 2017 5:30 PM CST
Hello GeorgiaKaren, if your outdoor conditions are nicely warm range 70F to 80F and with good humidity levels like 60% to 80%, it can take growing outdoors. Dracaenas are grown outdoors in our homeland. But these has got to be sustained temps.

I grow mine indoors, even if our temps have gone warmer outside, because our humidity is very dismal, so low not good for it. Then with our sun even more, it will just get toasted. By winter time, it gets too cold for it. So indoors they grow.

So know your outdoor temperature and humidity levels. You can grow them outdoors maybe in shade area, but do watch the temps, so you can increase watering/spraying the leaves as needed. In any case, make the media very well draining, once they are nicely established they are quite drought tolerant. We all have our varying micro climates, only you will know exactly what goes on there.
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GeorgiaKaren
Apr 27, 2017 6:44 AM CST
I am in NE Georgia (near Augusta) so humid & hot in summer. Plant was in a screen enclosure in FL when I brought it up here.
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plantladylin
Apr 27, 2017 7:17 AM CST
Do you know which Dracaena you have? If you can upload a photo here, I'm sure we can figure out which one it is and give more specific requirements of temperature ranges. Some Dracaena's will not survive your winters planted in ground but you can always leave it as a potted plant; placing it outdoors during spring, summer and autumn and then bring it inside to a protected area during the winter months.
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