Dracaena Sanderiana (Ribbon Dracaena) Care Guide

Hi Judy,

I have looked and looked online and have been unable to ID one of my houseplants. A photo is attached.
Thank you every so much for your help.


Hi Lenni,

Your plant is a type of Dracaena sanderiana, also known as a Ribbon Dracaena. It is the plant used to make the Lucky Bamboo plant. Here is a picture of healthy Dracaena sanderiana. This is an easy care plant that can be grown in water or in soil.

Care tips on how to grow a Dracaena sanderiana in soil (when used as a Lucky Bamboo plant it is grown in water).

Light: A Dracaena Sanderiana can grow very slowly in low light but prefers medium to bright indirect  light. No direct sun or the leaves burn.

Water: Keep the soil barely moist, never soggy. When in doubt, do not water. The top few inches of soil should be dry before your water. Remember, the soil at the bottom of the pot is wet even when the soil art the tops is dry. The chloride or fluoride in household water can damage the leaves. Use distilled water or allow your tap water sit out overnight before using it to allow the chemicals to evaporate.​

Fertilizer: Feed every other month in the spring and summer when plant is actively growing. Feed once in the fall, and never in the winter. Alway dilute the food to 1/2 the recommended strength.

You can find my care tips for all types of dracaena plants in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.