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.

Quick Facts:

Name of the Plant Dragon Tongue
Normal Size 15 inches in height, 10 to 12 in. spread
Light Needs Moderate indirect light, 4 to 5 hours/day
Fertilizers Summer / Spring, Moderate
Temperature 60 to 80 degrees F
Humidity High humidity is required
pH requirement 6.0 to 7.5 p H
Growing speed Moderate

Basic Information:

The official scientific name is ‘Hemigraphis Repanda’. But we all know it from its common name which is dragon tongue.

It comes from the Acanthaceae family and is naturally found in India and in some parts of Malaysia.

Now you know its native place. You can guess the environment it needs to grow only if you know about the weather of these two countries.

It grows narrow, serrated, light color green leaves with burgundy undersides. You must grow it in terrariums. Because this plant is made for it.

However, some people like to grow in an aquarium to add some greenery to their tank. Which I do not recommend it. Because it is not a fully aquatic plant.

Dragon tongue will die in a few weeks due to a lack of oxygen underwater.

Below is the complete care guide that helps you to understand your plant better.

Light Requirements

As we all know light is the first thing that plants need to stay alive. For better photosynthesis and to make a proper amount of food this plant needs indirect bright light.

The good news is you don’t need to place it in direct sunlight or keep your sunny window open all day long. To fulfill its light needs.

Just place it in a bright spot and let it enjoy indirect light for 4 to 5 hours per day.

My dragon plant is sitting on my sunny window. Keep in mind that light is necessary for its beautiful foliage.

In low light dragon tongue will not produce bright foliage. So, choose the place carefully.

Also, make sure the direct sunlight is not touching its leaves or they will get burned.

If you are placing it in dark areas then you must use an artificial grow light to keep it thriving.

Any good branded 200 to 300-watt LED grow light will work fine to grow two dragon plants at the same time.

Potting soil

Root rot is the main problem that growers face mainly with this plant. The common reason is they chose the wrong type of potting soil.

The soft roots of the dragon tongue are sensitive to overwatering. So, you need such a type of soil that does not hold extra water.

These potting mixes are called well-draining potting mixes. They contain perlite and coco-coir like ingredients that absorb a good amount of water without being wet.

Well-draining ingredients in the soil also increase the life span of a plant because they prevent root rot and other fungal diseases.

Perlite, Peat, and Sphagnum must be the ingredients in the potting soil.

How to give Water?

Moist soil is the key to success but people often give extra water to this plant.

Because new growers believe that by giving more water they can speed up the growing process which is a myth. This invites root rot-like fungus problems.

The best practice is to check the soil condition and water accordingly. Poke your finger in the soil 2 inches deep. If the top layer of the soil is moist then no need to water it.

On the other side if the top soil layer is dry and has very less moisture. It’s time to water your plant.

The Best Water:

Filtered water or rainwater is best for your plant. If the tap in your area does not contain heavy elements and a high amount of chlorine.

Then you can use your tap water to water all your plants including dragon tongue.

But in most parts of the US tap is advertised as safe for drinking and cooking. Which we believe is true but we still use bottled water for drinking. Rest is on you which water you want to use for your.

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Fertilizing Method

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.

Buy any kind of simple fertilizer bottle that is made for houseplants. I prefer liquid fertilizers because they are less expensive and one bottle goes long.

Take out one cap, dilute the liquid in water to its half-strength, and then pour it into the base of the plant. Do not mist nutrient water on its stems and leaves.

Also, don’t fertilize your plant in the winter season even if it looks weak and dull. Winter is the dormancy period of plants means they go into sleep mode.

Fertilizing at this time can only result in damage.

Temperature & Humidity

To make your indoor home conditions comfortable for the plant. You need to make a few adjustments to the thermostat.

The ideal temperature range for its good health is between 60 to 80 degrees F.

It can survive at 50 degrees F, but cannot survive in cold winds.

You need to move it inside your home if it is cold outside and the temperature is dropping below 50 F.

Note: 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 humidity.

But if your home humidity is below 45%.

Then you need to use the pebble tray or use a plant humidifier to make things comfortable for it.

The traditional method is misting some water on the plant leaves. This will surely help the plant for a short period.

You need a permanent solution of low humidity. I am sure now you are thinking about a humidifier and you are right.

It is a one-time investment. Invest your hard-earned money in a high-quality humidifier that comes with replacement and warranties.

It will make your home environment comfortable for you and for your plants on low-humid days.


Report it only when it outgrows the pot otherwise unnecessary repotting can increase your problems.

Because you will use a large pot in repotting and a large pot holds more soil and more water.

As I mentioned earlier each extra cup of water increases the chances of root rot infection.

So, to avoid all these issues first check the plant condition. Repot it only, if its roots are coming out of the draining hole.


They are poking out of the soil.

Use a pot with a draining hole at the bottom. These holes help extra water to drain out easily and quickly.

This can save your plant roots from fungal infections.

Propagation of Dragon Tongue Plant

If you are planning to propagate it. This means you like the plant, and now you want more plants with the same types of leaves and looks.

We have two methods of propagation for dragon tongue plants.

  1. Stem Cutting technique
  2. Root Division Method

In stem cutting method:

Cut the 4 cuttings 5 to 6 inches long, and remove the leaves that are at the base of the cuttings. Then plant them in 6 6-inch deep pot by using fresh potting soil.

Put the pot in a warm and humid location. Warmth is required to speed up the process. The right level of humidity and moisture in the potting soil prevents dryness.

Within weeks you will see new growth and this is the time to transfer these stem cuttings to large pots or the outdoor garden.

The next method is easy in my opinion,

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 some water and follow the regular care routine. For each new section use fresh soil and a new pot.

As you see this method is simpler and easier to follow than the stem-cutting method.

Pests and Diseases

Common houseplant pests are commonly seen around it. To keep your plant safe from Aphids and spider mites.

You must remove dry and dead leaves once a week.

Secondly, make sure the place you choose for your plant is well-ventilated. And there is no infected plant nearby.

As long as you are concerned about common diseases. Root rot is the only problem that you may face. But only if you overwater your plant.

Otherwise, it will stay healthy and happy without any issues.


This plant is easy to grow and care for. Water it less often only after checking the soil condition.

Move it inside if the outdoor temperature is dropping. Normal fertilizer made for common houseplants is enough to use.

I hope everything is clear but if you still have any questions, just leave us a comment below.


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