Dracaena Malaika

A Beginner's Guide to Dracaena Malaika Plant Care | All you Need to Grow 

Family: Asparagaceae, Nolindoindeae         
Common Name: Cornstalk Dracaena   
Botanical Name: Dracaena deremensis
 

If nature had to choose a pair of pom-poms, then Dracaena Malaika would be cheering! These compact houseplants are bright and playful and extremely easy to care for. Mother Nature got it right when creating this vibrant, well-behaved, and houseplant. Dracaena Malaika can be placed in lower-lit rooms where other light-loving houseplants cannot live. Remember to water these plants when the soil is almost completely dry and rotate them once a week to preserve their rosette shape! 

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Light

As it thrives most in filtered, bright, indirect light, keep your Dracaena Malaika out of any direct light. Direct sunlight exposure can damage the leaves (unless the plant was originally grown in the direct sun).

Water

Dracaena Malaika plants don’t need to be watered very often. Although you should be watering it once a week and mist the leaves of the plant often. Wait for the plant to dry out between waterings and avoid overwatering. This is especially important to note for the winter season when you should be reducing the frequency of how often you are watering this plant. 

Soil

Nutrient-rich potting soil that is loose and drains well, but still allows for moisture to reach the roots for a few days, is essential for your Dracaena Malaika Most pre-mixed soils will suffice. Make sure that there is plenty of organic matter, like coco-coir, peat moss, or shredded leaves, and avoid soils that contain moisture retaining crystals. If your soil drains too quickly, we recommend re-potting your plant into a compost-rich soil mixture with fewer drainage materials. Learn how to create your own universal soil mixture for all of your indoor plants! 

Temperature

The ideal temperatures for a Dracaena Malaika are those above 65°F (18°C). Sudden coldness can damage the leaves, so ensure you keep it away from drafty doors and windows during the colder months. 

Humidity

Dracaena Malaika plants benefit from higher humidity levels during summer, or when they are in heated, forced-air environments. Brown and brittle leaf tips are the tell-tale sign that your plant is suffering from humidity deficiency. Set your Dragon Tree in an area that is naturally humid or use a humidifier or a pebble tray with water to create the ideal environment. Learn how to increase the humidity for your indoor plants!

Fertilizer 

It’s not necessary to fertilize your Dracaena Malaika, but it will benefit from you feeding it once a month during the growing season with a ¼ diluted complete liquid fertilizer or fish emulsion. You can also top-dress the plant at the start of the growing season with a rich, organic compost scratched into the top few inches of the soil.

Growth Rate

Typically, Dracaena Malaika plants grow at a moderate pace when given the correct care, this plant can grow up to 4 to 6 feet indoors. Remember, growing your plant outdoors may increase the chances of your plant growing even taller. 

Pet Friend or Foe

Dracaena Malaika plants are generally toxic to pets! Foe! 

Pro Tips

  1. Always check your Dracaena Malaika plant for pests such as spider mites or mealybugs! If you see any, isolate your plant and use a natural chemical remedy to get rid of the pests.
  2. Avoid exposing this plant to the direct sunlight. It can burn the plants leaves.
  3. In the colder months, reduce or pause on fertilizing your plant!
  4. Adjust your watering routine based on the seasons!

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