How to Care The Spike Plant – The spike plant, otherwise known as the Deacaena is a wonderful native African plant that is quite content being grown indoors as well as outdoors.
This is an extremely popular plant that is said to be a part of the lily family even though its appearance will say otherwise.
Traditionally this plant was considered a houseplant but now it finds its way into annual garden containers outside.
The spike plant is characterized as having lance-shaped and very sharp tipped leaves that can often be marked with beautiful markings of pink or white.
The spike plant is usually found in tropical and sub-tropical areas of Central America and Asia. This plant is very easy to grow as long as you help it to avoid extreme weather conditions.
This colorful spike plant can be grouped into two varieties based on how the plant grows. One group of the plant grows in arid desert or semi-desert places and are characterized as having stout trunks and stiff broad leaves.
This group is known as the dragon plant that leaks the said “dragon blood” when cut. The other group is grown indoors, has slender stems and very flexible leaves resembling more of a shrub.
It is interesting to know that the spike plant is not technically recognized as having any medical uses, however, the red resin in some species, known as dragon’s blood is used in some locations for medical purposes.
If you are going to grow the spike plant as an indoor plant then you should know that it enjoys a moderate amount of sunlight however it does not like direct sunlight.
It tends to thrive best for some reason near an Eastern window but it can do just fine in a window in the South or West area of your home.
Try not to allow the plant to feel extreme weather from outside. Change in temperature is often the reason for the death of these plants.
When it comes to soil, the spike plant requires it to be of a very humid consistency, placing pebbles under the soil can often help add to the humidity of the soil.
This plant enjoys a good mist of water but be careful not to over water it as the leaves of the plant will turn brown if you do.
It is very important to make sure the soil of this plant is dry before watering again. If the leaves do turn brown it is recommended that you trim them away.
There are roughly 40 species of the spike plant that comes in a variety of sizes and forms. These plants tend to attract mealy bugs and spider mites so it is important that you check your plants well before you buy them.
If it is being used as a house plant then it is rare it will become infected after you bring it home.
To keep your spike plant extra happy be sure that you do not have fluoride in your water, they hate fluoride.
You can test for this prior to bringing the plant home so you know if you will need to get a supply of water for it.
The fluoride can make the leaves turn yellow or cause the plant to die. If you really want to spoil your spike plant, water it with rain water, they love that.
Just leave a bucket out when it rains and “shower” it with a gift later. These plants also prefer if you do not fertilize them so save your money.
The best quality about the spike plant is that it is used to filter toxic chemicals like benzene or formaldehyde out of the air. NASA’s Clean Air Study has proven this.
There are many reasons why the spike plant is popping everywhere, if you haven’t tried one yet, you probably should.