Dragon Tongue Plant produces green lush foliage. It can be used to decorate multiple places. You can grow it on the sideways, patios, as a groundcover, and in the container.
Then you can place the container wherever you want some natural decoration.
Growing and caring dragon tongue is quite simple and easy. No need to buy fancy growing equipment and fertilizers.
Highly fertilize soil is enough to full fill its nutritional needs.
In an ideal environment, it grows 28 inches tall and spread 12 inches. But when grown indoors it only spread 10 to 12 inches with 15 inches of height.
To grow it without facing problems you need to read the below guide and make notes if you are new to gardening.
This plant is an excellent choice for beginners who are learning about houseplant and indoor gardening.
Light is necessary for its beautiful foliage. In low light dragon tongue will not produce bright foliage. So, place the pot in a bright place.
But make sure the direct sunlight will not touch the plant leaves or they will get burned.
To protect your plant leaves, find a place in your home where the dragon tongue can get indirect bright light for 5 hours per day.
If you are placing it in dark corners then you should use artificial grow light to full fill its light requirements.
Any good branded 200 to 300 watts led grow light will work fine to grow two dragon plants in containers.
Root rot is the main problem that growers face when they grow dragon’s tongue plants. The reason is they choose the wrong type of potting soil.
Its roots are soft and sensitive to extra water. Therefore, you need soil that does not hold extra water.
Such soils are called well-draining potting mixes. They contain some ingredients that absorb a good amount of water without being wet.
This increases the life span of a plant and reduces your stress.
Perlite, Peat, and Sphagnum must be the ingredients in the potting soil.
Moist soil is the key to success but people often give extra water to this plant. This invites root rot-like fungus problems.
The best practice will be watering the plant by checking the soil conditions. Potting soil has the tendency to hold moisture for the long term.
This reduces the watering application but new growers think that their plants need water every day like humans. But this is not true at all.
Before watering your Dragon Tongue inspect the soil. If it has moisture and feels wet then no need to water your plant.
Only give some water when you feel that the soil is dry or about to dry.
Let the top 2 inches of the soil completely dry before watering. This will prevent overwatering-related problems.
To keep your plant healthy use balanced fertilizer only in the summer and spring seasons. These are the two best seasons for fertilization.
Because plants produce new growth in these seasons.
Dilute the liquid fertilizer in water to its half strength and then pour into the base of the plant. Do not mist nutrient water in its stem and leaves.
Stop fertilizing in winter and fall because the plants top developing new growth at these times of the year.
Temperature & Humidity
To make your indoor home conditions comfortable for the dragon tongue plants you need to adjust the temperature.
The best temperature range for the good health of this plant is between 60 to 80 degrees F.
It can survive up to 50 degrees F but not for a long time. You need to move it inside your home when the outside temperature drops below 50 F.
Because it is not a cold-resistant plant it cannot survive in freezing temperatures.
For humidity general home humidity is enough for it and it can handle the sudden changes in it. but if your home humidity is below 45%.
Then you need to use the pebble tray or use a plant humidifier to give comfort to it.
The traditional method is misting some water on the plant leaves. This will surely help the plant but it is not a permanent solution.
You should invest some money in a plant humidifier. It will help to keep all your plants comfortable on low humid days.
Repot it only when it outgrows the pot otherwise the large pot will increase your problems. because it can contain a large amount of soil.
Large soil can hold water in large amounts and this is not good for its roots.
So, to avoid all these issues use a pot that has a draining hole at the bottom. These holes aloe extra from the pot drain out easily and quickly.
This saves your plant roots from fungal infections.
Propagation of Dragon Tongue Plant
Again, stem cutting and root division are two propagation methods.
Cut the 4 cuttings 5 to 6 inches long, remove the leaves that are at the base of the cuttings. Then plant them in 6 inches deep pot by using fresh potting soil.
Put the pot in a warm and humid location. Warmth is required to speed up the process. Humidity ad moisture in the potting soil prevents dryness.
Within a month you will see new growth and this is the time to transfer these stem cuttings to large or to the outdoor garden.
In the division method, take the plant out from its pot and divide the roots into different sections. Then plant these sections in different pots.
Give regular care and your divisions will grow into a big plant.
This plant is easy to grow and care for. But you still need to water it less only after checking the soil condition.
If the outdoor temperature in your area does not drop below 40 F. Then you can grow this beautiful plant in your outdoor garden year-round.
I hope everything is clear and now you are able to grow dragon tongue at home.