Yucca and dracaena – either the jungle or the woods

Admiring splendid exotic large-sized plants in flower shops, you realize that giants such as yucca, dracaena, or Nolina can decorate only large spaces like restaurants, hotels or offices. A three meters high miracle is an impossible dream for ordinary urban apartments. Even the usual “grandma’s” date palms migrate from relatives to relatives in search of high ceilings. But you seek the potted trees! There is a solution: let’s grow dwarf trees.

Here are a few options on how to turn tub plants with a strong trunk (yucca, dracaena and some other exotic plants) into miniature trees.

Yucca: Photo and History


Yucca is a tree-like perennial plant of the Asparagaceae family, native to the humid subtropics of North America. In the South it grows in open ground. In winter yucca thrives at temperatures up to 6 degrees. At home it is unpretentious. In summer it is better to take the plant to the balcony, and in winter keep it on the south side. Watering should be abundant in summer and moderate in winter. Make sure to transplant it into a large deep container with drainage every two years in spring. In order for your yucca to look like a tree, it is necessary to remove the lower leaves when the new leaves start growing, – and in such a way the trunk will be formed.

Dracaena: Photo and History

In Greek dracaena means a “female dragon”. In the XIX century this plant was the most fashionable in the interior design. There are many types of these pseudo-palms. They require minimum care, but they can not stand drafts, direct sunlight and dry soil. Otherwise the plant will be offended – it will drop its leaves instantly. It grows faster in spacious tubs and thus it will form a strong trunk faster.

Shrub plants such as a rose, citrus, myrtle and some others can be “persuaded” to turn into trees. Timely mineral supplements, sunlight and fresh fertile soil will enhance their growth and the experienced florist will tell you exactly which branches can be cut to form a strong trunk and a lush shape of the crown. It’s been written and said a lot about the oriental art of bonsai. But it is strange why is the direction “from mini to maxi” still not popular? It would be fun to grow a large violet tree from the usual violet. Let’s try?


Such plants as the Weeping fig and some other types of slow-growing figs, as well as pomegranate, hibiscus, myrtle, bougainvillea, houseplant acacia, gardenia, Schefflera and others may be suitable for indoor miniature trees in the bonsai style. In the following article there are tips on how a novice can start to grow dwarf miniature trees, choose the right plant and the basic rules of care…

Thank You – with Olga Sahraoui. Click my flowers shop!