Dracaena Fragrance Massangeana so named because of its fragrant flowers, which are seldom produced in pots. It is an excellent foliage plant. The leaves are a rich and lustrous green striped in the center with bright yellow, through which run smaller stripes of green.
During active growth period, water plentifully, as often as necessary to keep compost thoroughly moist. Never let plant stand in water or roots will rot.
Apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks in Spring and Summer.
Re-pot in Spring annually while young, to one size larger until maximum convenient pot size 10 inches is reached. For plants over 4 years old, repot every second or third year.
Dracaena can be propagated in Spring or late Summer from tip or stem cuttings or from basal shoots. Tip cuttings and basal shoots should be young, soft and 3-6 inches long. Older pieces of stem should be cut 2 inches long and must carry at least one growth bud. Make sure they are placed the right end up, the way the stem originally grew in a 3 inch pot, in plastic bag and in warm shaded position.
Dracaena needs bright light but should not be placed in direct sunlight. The best possible position when grown indoors is one that gets 2 or 3 hours a day of sunlight filtered through a curtain.
After rooting has occured when propagated in 4-6 weeks, remove bag and begin to water the new plant. Begin applying a half strength standard liquid fertilizer at 2 weeks intervals.
Dracaena needs warmth, if subjected to low temperatures, the leaves droop and eventually fall off. In Summer increase humidity and fresh air. Peel off dead leaves as soon as they whiter. They should only happen to the bottom ones, if the upper ones turn brown the plant is either in draught, too near a heat source, too cold, too wet or dry at the roots.
High humidity is necessary for the plant, let stand on tray or saucers of moist pebbles and by occasionally mist spraying the foliage, using rain water if possible.
Loam-based or peat-based compost.
All parts of the oleander (Nerium oleander), a beautiful Mediterranean-native flowering shrub, are poisonous. Ingesting oleander leaves can cause gastrointestinal, cardiac, and central nervous system problems and possible death.