Dracaena Open Weave, also known as Dracaena Marginata or Dracaena Reflexa, is an easy, low maintenance plant with a tall, skinny trunk and bushy red-edged leaves. While this plant has very few care requirements, it can be susceptible to pests hiding in the overlapping leaves. While the bugs that attack houseplants are many, a few in particular like this plant. Mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites all enjoy preying on this forgiving plant. Protecting and preventing pests are the easiest ways to treat infestations.
Steps You Can Take To Treat and Prevent Pests on Your Dracaena
Keep an Eye Out:
Look for changes in your plant. Are the leaves suddenly yellowing and falling off? Does it appear droopier than normal, even with your regular watering? Check the leaves for signs of spider webs (which are actually from the mealybugs), yellow dots which can indicate puncture marks from the bugs, or any creepy-crawly.
Wipe Down The Leaves:
This works for dracaena that have larger leaves, but if you want to take the time to wipe down every Reflexa leaf, more power to you! Wiping down leaves not only removes any pests or pest eggs that you haven’t seen, but also helps remove dust and debris that inhibit the plant’s ability to photosynthesize.
Spray With Neem Oil:
Neem oil is a natural product you can purchase online or at many nurseries/hardware stores. You mix the oil with water (as recommended on the bottle) and put it in a spray bottle. You can mist your plants once a week and the oils from the spray will cling to any bug eggs or bugs and suffocate them. Not too good for the bug, but great for your plant!
What ways do you treat your plants for pests?