Sansevieria has recently been reclassified to Dracaena. Dracaena trifasciata is native to Nigeria and tropical Africa. A perfect plant for beginners. It will grow in bright sunshine or shade, withstand dry air, draughts and periods without water, and it rarely needs re-potting. It can however, be quite easily killed by prolonged over-watering in winter and prolonged exposure to near freezing temperatures. Dracaena trifasciata 'Laurentii' is a chimeral form with yellow, thickened (diploid) margins.


Pot: 14cm diameter.

Height: Approximately 50cm from base of pot.

Available in other sizes.

Ceramic pot not included.


This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.




How do you look after Sansevieria Laurentii?


Look after Sansevieria Laurentii by giving it brightly lit conditions and well-draining soil. This plant is difficult to kill and can tolerate low light areas if needed. Don’t overwater, as this may lead to root rot and allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Feed every few waterings during the growing season.


Do Dracaena plants purify air?


Dracaena plants are known to purify the air. This plant was previously classified as a Sansevieria, one of many houseplant variants which was tested in the NASA Clean Air Space Study. The plant was noted to clean the air of formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides.


Does Dracaena need sunlight?


Dracaena can easily tolerate low or medium light conditions, however, the plant will look its best when kept in bright indirect light. Direct sunlight should be avoided as this could result in the leaves browning. 


Why does my Dracaena have brown tips?


Brown tips on a Dracaena is usually caused by under-watering. Letting your Dracaena sit dry for extended periods of time can cause the plant’s leaves to dry out. Ensure that you check the soil on at least a weekly basis and water thoroughly as soon as the top inch of the soil has dried out. 


Can I put my Dracaena outside?


Dracaena should not be kept outside in the UK, even in the summer, as we don’t have consistent warm conditions which it can thrive in. This plant required constant warmth and should only be kept outside in near-tropical climates. 


How do you repot a Dracaena Trifasciata?


Repot a Dracaena Trifasciata by loosening the roots of the plant and removing the soil that comes loose as you gently lift the plant out from its pot. Cut off any dead, brown or mushy roots with sterilised secateurs. Place the plant in its new pot with a moistened potting mix that is not dissimilar from its last medium. A loose well-draining mix containing some horticultural sand and perlite is best. Ensure that the plant is watered thoroughly and then care for as usual. 


How fast does Dracaena grow?


Dracaenas are slow-growing plants that can take a long time to reach their maxim height. You can encourage fast growth by keeping them in bright, indirect light and warm condition, but don’t expect to see fast results. 


How often should I water my Dracaena Trifasciata?


Water your Dracaena Trifasciata only when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. Water moderately from spring to autumn, allowing the potting mix to dry out between waterings. In winter water every 1-2 months. Avoid wetting the heart of the plant.


When you water the plant, do so thoroughly, until water freely flows through the drainage holes of the pot. The plant should be placed in such a way that allows excess water to continue dripping out after it has been watered. 


Is Dracaena toxic to dogs?


Dracaena is toxic to dogs and cats. The plant contains a chemical called saponin which is toxic to them. Dogs eating Dracaena leaves may lead to vomiting and other unpleasant symptoms. It’s best to keep this plant away from pets if possible or choose a pet-friendly houseplant instead.


Why is my Dracaena drooping?


Your Dracaena is drooping could be a sign that the plant is being over-watered or has poor drainage. Allow the plant to dry out between waterings and ensure that any excess water can freely drain from the pot after each watering. The bottom leaves of your Dracaena will shed in order for new leaves to grow, so don’t be alarmed if this happens. 


How can I propagate Dracaena trifasciata 'Laurentii'?


Remove offset by cutting off at base, allow to dry before inserting in compost. You can also separate new shoots from the mother plants and pop them in water until roots develop.

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'