Dracaenas are a common household plant that can be found in many households. They grow well indoors and outdoors, producing beautiful green leaves with interesting shapes.
However, they may also produce holes in their leaves as shown below! This article will help you figure out why this is happening so you can take care of your plants more effectively.
Why Are There Holes In My Dracaena Leaves?
There are likely holes in your dracaena leaves because of a pest issue. These pests feed on the leaves, which causes circular holes in the leaves of your dracaena plant.
You may be surprised to hear this as it seems that your plant is pest-free! However, these pests usually only appear at night, which means it’s important to stop them before they destroy your plant completely.
You can help your plants stay pest-free by spraying them with neem oil. This natural fungicide will protect against all the common garden pests and help keep them away for good – even if your dracaena is outside!
If youâ€™re sure that your plant hasnâ€™t got a pest issue, then the holes are likely due to leaf spot disease. You may not have heard of this fungus, but it can be a problem that spreads very quickly and usually stems from too much water on your dracaena. Although it starts as brown spots, the fungus progresses and small holes start to form.
Fungal infections can even result in your dracaena having a soft stem. Again, you need to use a fungicide to stop the fungus from spreading. I recommend spraying all plants in your house with neem oil, which will work as an insecticide and a fungicide.
How To Prevent Holes in Dracaena Leaves?
It is heartbreaking to have a beloved plant destroyed by pests. To prevent this, start with applying neem oil spray! This environmentally-friendly product keeps your plants safe from numerous pesky insects and fungus.
Not taking action can result in pests appearing on every single plant in your house! This is a serious situation that needs to be addressed, which is why I use neem oil on every houseplant, even if I only notice the pests on one plant.
How To Keep Your Dracaena Healthy?
Location: The dracaena is known to thrive in a lot of light, but not when they’re hit with direct sunlight.
Watering: I struggled with watering my dracaena for many years until I finally discovered a simple trick. Allow the top few inches of soil to dry before watering again, and water every week in summer or fortnight during winter. This is easy enough so you don’t forget!
Fertilizing: Dracaenas is a tough plant to keep alive. When they lose leaves, feed them with an all-purpose fertilizer twice a month during the growing season for best results.
Temperature: Your dracaena will thrive when it is kept at a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees F. If you want to make sure your plant stays healthy, invest in an indoor thermometer or use the one on your phone because of outdoor temperatures may fluctuate during different seasons.
Humidity: Make sure the environment for your dracaena is at least 50% humidity.
Soil: Always make sure to plant your dracaena in well-draining soil. You’ll want to use a peat-based potting mix so the roots can absorb water while staying moist.
In general, the most common reason for holes in your dracaena leaves is leaf spot disease or pests. If youâ€™ve ruled out that itâ€™s either one of these two problems, then there may be something more serious going on with your plant.
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.