Need to Identify and Care for A Dracaena Reflexa


I have had this plant for a long time, but do not know what it is or how to properly care for it. This is what it looked like when I bought it. Lately it seems to be loosing a lot of leaves (turn yellow and fall off leaving empty stalks), but has new sprouts and growth coming up as well. Can you tell me how to best care for this plant? Thank you for you help.


Hi  John,

Your plant is a Dracaena Reflexa “Song of India.”. I am not sure how you are caring for the plant, so I can’t determine what is causing the leaf drop.

Here are some care instructions for a dracaena reflexa that will hopefully stop the problems.

A dracaena reflexa with solid dark green leaves does well in medium light. The Song of India and Song of Jamaica, with yellow and white stripes in their leaves, need bright indirect light. Direct sun burns the leaves of all varieties. Like all dracaenas, the Reflexa likes to be kept on the dry side. Always allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering. Feed monthly in the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/4 the recommenced strength.

You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.