Dragon Tree 'Lemon and Lime' | Dracaena deremensis
Latin Name: Dracaena 'Lemon and Lime'
As the name would suggest, the bright yellows and greens of the lemon and lime dragon tree create a tropical feel, and add a splash of colour to bright rooms. The canes are also marbled with green and white as an added bonus. Looks incredible against darker furnishings such as mahogany or teak wood, black worktops, or against an east or west facing window, where the stark morning or evening sunlight will bounce vibrantly off the yellow leaves.
Likes it a little bit brighter than most dragon trees, and if it's placed in the right bright spot then the yellows can really pop! Don't place in direct midday sun though as this can scorch the leaves.
Quick to grow foliage but don't expect fast vertical growth. Trim back to shape.
Temperature As with most tropical plants, if left in temperatures below 10-15 Celsius for sustained periods it will develop issues. That said, it’s not ultra sensitive to cold.
WateringAverage watering for a dracaena. Test the soil with your finger and if the top is totally dry, then water it. Never allow it to dry out completely or sit in standing water. During winter, let it dry out a little bit more than you would in summer. Misting during hot months will keep the plant at optimum health.
Feeding A well diluted plant food during the hottest months of the year will help this plant bring out its best colouration and develop the most growth. Liquid food is best, and always follow manufacturer instructions. Don’t go overboard and include feed in every watering though, once a month is absolutely fine. This plant is prone to over-feeding.
Tips You may notice small leaf growth from the side of the stems after a while. It’s totally up to you whether you clip these off to retain the shape and build the height, or whether you let it grow naturally into more of a bush shape.
Light Level Brighter conditions preferred than most Dragon Trees. To get maximum colouration, put it in a bright spot where it will get some gentle direct sunlight in the morning or evening, and filtered light throughout the day. It will tolerate a darker spot, but it will revert to being more ‘lime’ than ‘lemon’.