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Dracaena draco

Dragon Tree

The famous Dragon Tree from the Canary Islands is a popular and easy to grow ornamental.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Arrived November 2012, now up to 5" tall, 5 plants, 50% germination.
Submitted on 09/03/2013 by John O Wild

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked 105 sds for 5 days with daily water change. They were then sown into a clear plastic box with a moist commercial seed mix. The day temp was mid 90F and the night around 80F. The first 8 sprouts appeared within 14 days! However, after that all seem very quiet for 2 weeks. Then I figured they needed more heat so I shifted the box to my balcony. The day temp was in the mid 100F and the night about 80F. After a week, they were sprouting like crazy. Now, 1 1/2 months later, I have close to 80% success. The lid have been taken off the box and the seedlings will be grown in this 'com' pot for another another month before I transfer them into individual pots. One thing though, the draco does not like too much water. Have to keep the soil on the dry side or they will die.
Submitted on 12/09/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
i buy some seeds of the dracaena dracothen i sow them for 2 days. then I put them for a couple minutes in seed decontamination means. then i put them in a sandy soil whit perlite and kokohum that i have sterilized in the magnetron firstly for a couple of minutes. then i put them in a bag at 20 degrees.
Submitted on 30/06/2005 by stefan bouwmeester palmplus@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Took little less than 3 months to sprout. About 5/10 succeeded after 85 days, others maby not because of slight overwatering. It's best to make a small terrario with plastic foam on to of it, it's easier to keep them in right hydration and they seem to grow better like this. Plastic bags should be kept at the same position all the time. Not like I did. Temperature was 28 degrees Celsius all the time in the cardboard box above houses heater. Seeds were delivered wintertime, it was -5 degrees when they arrived.
Submitted on 24/02/2005 by one of our visitors

...very difficult to germinate.
No success with this type of palm. Soaked seeds for 3 days in warm water them placed in heated greenhouse with moist cocopeat. Sprayed with organic fungicide when cocopeat started to dry. No luck.
Submitted on 16/06/2004 by Cheri Wilson reininrabt@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I picked up some of these seeds off a 15 foot dragon tree in PR. they looked like they just fell off. i removed the coating and put them in a plastic container with a lid with 60% sand, 40% peat moss at about 70-85F in full sunlight. They came up about a month later and are a foot tall.
Submitted on 20/03/2004 by Anton chuidian wutang8364@yahoo.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I live in a penthouse with a open roof terrace. In the corner of this garden on the terrace stand a draco. Some time in April '03, it started to bloom and fully bloomed in about 3 months. I started to harvest the seeds and planted it in pots hoping for germination but to no avail. The seeds were not ripe yet I thought. So I waited for them to drop and did the same and it didn't work again. I eventually gave up. Few months later, December I saw some 'grass' sprouting out of the pebbles that I have layered over the area around the plant. At first, I thought they were weeds, but on closer examination after picking up one, I realised that the seed from the draco is still attached to the roots. Bingo! I counted and there were at least 40 to 50 of them sprouting out from the amongst the pebbles. Amazing I thought because below the pebbles is concrete roof of my apartment. The rain water trapped by the pebbles must have facilitated the process. I am slowly transferring them to pots now. Hope these little babies will grow into beautiful dracos.
Submitted on 20/12/2003 by Alan Tan alan.p.h.tan@hsbcrepublic.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Hello, I sowed 3 Dargon Blood Seeds 1 month ago and 2 have sprouted already. I have also received 2 seedlings from Algeria, the leaves were dead and fell off, but the roots looked good, so hopefully they will come back.
Submitted on 18/08/2003 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Started my seeds in peat moss in one gallon zip lock bags as per instructed to also do for the palm seeds. I wet the peat until just a few drops of water would release from dampened soil. The seeds were kept at a temperature of between 65 and 85 degrees. This was on February 20, 2003. On March 22, 2003, all seeds germinated and were transplanted into pots with a mixture of peat and potting soil.
Submitted on 22/03/2003 by Lisa M Ditter wlmhenry@netzero.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I found a large tree in anheim,ca that has red to orange berrys these seeds will sprout a single root if left in water for two weeks, once you seed a small white protrusion put seed with white root; pointing down. in one week you get green leaves. i get three good plants from 10 to 15 seeds. you have to get fresh seeds since some type of worm bores wholes in old seeds.
Submitted on 07/04/2003 by TERRY RISTAU TCRISTA1@PACBELL.NET

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
they are very easy to germinate i put mine in pots outside and whithin two months, they all sprout. dracaena draco are an easy sight here in portugal and they germinate with no assistence. the seeds fall from the tree in autom and in spring with higher temps they readily germinate, so provide a minimum of20ºc . its a slow growing tree.
Submitted on 12/11/2002 by joao carlos placido capelo joaocarloscapelo@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
sow in spring and after 2months you,ll have the seedlings start to come out.here in portugal they germinate whith no human help.its a very slow growing tree
Submitted on 17/11/2002 by joao carlos placido capelo joaocarloscapelo@hotmail.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
First of all, don't scarify! Unless I have preshelled seeds, my seeds are hard but don't have a shell. I have my seeds imbedded in a 75% sand potting soil mixture in a greenhouse with very high humidity. They have been sitting there for almost 3 weeks. So far no germination. I have heard that it can take up to 3 months.
Submitted on 21/06/2002 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Açores - Angra do Heroismo in Portugal they need little care and grow very slow.
I have a dracae draco tree with more than 300 year and more than 10 metrs hight in my yard in azores and three with 30 years.This tree takes 10 years to grow 2 or 3 metrs, i followed the growth of younger trees.Once the tree flower Draco has two additional rods will shoot both sides of the trunk flowering stems new form. Over the next few years, the dramatic shape of this tree looking almost prehistoric begins to develop. The age of a tree is estimated by the number of branches; This, in turn, indicates the flowering times.In South warmer climates, germination will be much easier and the process will occur naturally outdoors in pots or in the ground around the parent plant. In any case, patience is required because germination can take two months and he mayeven longer for a decent shot up!Patience and a warm climate are ideal. The tree is frost tender and enjoys plenty of sunshine then in a hot climate is quite hassle-free. If growing in a cooler climate with a temperature of 10degrees or less winter, tree draco will only survive in a heated greenhouse or conservatory. Can easily be grown as a houseplant, as is often the case with other varieties of Dracaena.Gardeners living in warmer regions of the South will have a sunny spot in the garden fair size to plant your tree as a mature tree can reach a spread of 3 meters.
Submitted on 20/12/2013 by Gonçalo Ribeiro

... are of average ornamental value
In Southampton in Houseplant in England they need little care and grow normal.
I have grown a specimen in my house for over 10 years now and the plant is growing well. I use a general multipurpose compost and water frequently in summer, but a little more sparingly during winter, though don't allow the plant to dry out for any length of time, as when I did do this, a number of leaves dried up and dropped. This plant grows best in a bright position in partial shade, as I had this plant in a rather dim location for several years and the plant started to become a bit leggy. An easy plant to grow given sufficient water, with ~30cm of trunk acquired over 10 years.
Submitted on 18/01/2009 by James Barnet

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

 
       
 
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