Real World Gardener Draceanas are Plant of the Week

October 26th, 2014

 REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.
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with Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal magazine.

This plant is an oldie but a goodie in the houseplant industry. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />


The leaves come in lots if attractive colours and it’s just as indestructible as cast iron plant or Aspidistra.

Did you know that this plant has been grown in Europe-indoors of course, since about 1830?


Dracaena is a genus of forty species of subtropical, evergreen, woody plants grown for their narrow form and many varieties of coloured foliage.

The leaves are glossy and long-up to 150cm but only 10-15cm wide.

If you have a frost free climate, these plants can make your garden stand out from the rest by adding height and colour variety.


Some people confuse Dracaenas with palms but once you get to know them, you'll see that they're vastly different.

The stems are palm-like but will never get the width of girth of any palm.Happy plants are grown as thick canes that sprout from buds along the cane, making them look like a palm which is why they’re sometimes confused with palms.


You can grow them outdoors as a screen or they make good houseplants because they are tall and narrow, with controlled growth, and can withstand a fairly significant amount of abuse from casual indoor gardeners.

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