Can Dracaena Live Outside? (Things You Should Know)

By my estimation, the perfect garden consist of a dracaena plant right in the middle. The sharp, sword-form leaves give a very beautiful view to the whole garden. But, in order to plant a dracaena outside, you should know ahead if Dracaena can actually survive outdoors.

And, in order to discover that, you need to read this article until the very and, because additionally to the answer of the question on the title of this article, I have also inluded a short guide about what to take into consideration if you want to cultivate a Dracaena plant outside.

So, without further ado, let’s get going!

Dracaena – What Does It Represent?

About 170 species of flowering plants in the asparagus family make up the genus Dracaena (Asparagaceae).  One species of the genus is indigenous to South America, and other members are native to the Old World tropics, particularly Africa.

Numerous Dracaena species are grown as indoor plants for their decorative foliage and are known to be efficient air purifiers that eliminate toxins like formaldehyde. Usually red, yellow, or green, the tiny flowers give birth to berry-like fruits with one to three seeds.

It is a fairly diversified genus. While some species resemble trees with crowns of leaves, the majority have short, ringed stalks and narrow, sword-shaped leaves. Members of the former Sansevieria species are characterized by their short, thick roots and upright, long, narrow basal leaves.

Do Dracaena Plants Grow Outside?

Of course, dracaenas can grow in the wild. Although many species are indigenous to Africa, some came from South America and Southeast Asia. All of the locations where Dracaenas thrive in the wild have tropical climates with year-round mild temperatures in common.

Part of what makes the Dracaena species suitable as indoor plants is their tolerance to steady temperatures throughout the year. Their preferred temperature range is the same as ours: 65 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dracaena sanderiana, also known as lucky bamboo, Dracaena fragrans, often known as corn plant or cornstalk, and Dracaena deremensis are some of the most well-liked Dracaena types grown inside. All of these species are indigenous to tropical Africa, where they are frequently discovered in somewhat shaded areas beneath large trees.

Dracaena species can be found in full sun to partial shade and in a variety of environmental situations. The Dracaena species with vivid leaves and stripes will typically need more light than all-green types. They turn pale and lose their vibrant color in the absence of enough light.

Although the majority of species can tolerate both high and low light levels, it is not advisable to shift them directly from the shade to the sun because this might result in sunburn. Always make a gradual transition when putting a Dracaena in full sun.

In locations without frost, dracaena grows well outdoors. Be prepared to cover your outdoor dracaena plants if you live somewhere that has periodic frosts.

How To Grow Dracaena Outside?

When deciding to cultivate a dracaena outdoors, there are a lot of things to take into account.


Dracaenas require light to survive, just like most plants do. The good news is that dracaenas are hardy plants that can endure partial shade and dappled light. Your dracaena could be burned by too much light.

For those who want to grow their dracaena outside but are unable to give it full sunshine, this is encouraging news. It also means that you need exercise caution when it comes to exposure to direct sunlight since if the leaves are left in it for an extended period of time, they may become scorched.

In order to prevent the leaves on your dracaena from burning from excessive sunlight, make sure it is not exposed to the sun directly. If you reside in a region with scorching summers, this will probably be an issue. They thrive in locations that receive dappled or part-shade light.


The finest soil for dracaenas is one that is wet when it comes to watering. Only water the plant until the top one or two inches of soil are dry. This won’t need much attention from you if you live in a region with a lot of rain, or if your plants are growing inside.

Desert regions, however, are scorchingly hot and dry. In this situation, they will require more frequent watering to maintain wet soil and prevent the dracaena leaves from turning brown from leaf burn.


The dracaena plant prefers warmer weather. Your plant won’t live very long if the air is too hot or too chilly. You should be able to supply temperatures of about 75°F. The plant will be able to thrive at this temperature. It might be better to grow dracaena indoors if you live somewhere with chilly winters (below 50F).


Last but not least, dracaena plants need to be pruned periodically. This will support the plant’s continued strength and health. If you wish to keep your dracaena tiny, use sharp shears to cut off larger branches or entire stems.

Closing Words

In conclusion, you can cultivate dracaenas in your yard outdoors. To ensure that it remains healthy and thrives, you must create the ideal environment. I advise indoor cultivation over outdoor cultivation if you are unable to achieve the above-mentioned conditions.

Further Reading

Now that you have your answer, I bet you are thirsty for more, and you are lucky to have me in this case, or in any other case, actually, in every case, let’s say!

Orchids are considered to be the most beautiful and delicate flowers out there, and if you happen to have an Orchid at your home, find out more about how to revive an Orchid. 

If you are into cultivating vegetables, then I suggest you read the cultivating stages of a cucumber. 

And since I mentioned a cucumber, and we all know that cucumbers are healthy as any other vegetable, because they contain mostly water, you can also continue reading about healthy vegetables, such as broccoli, and you can read more about the growing stages of a broccoli. 

Eat vegetables, stay healthy and take care of yourself. I’ll see you next time.

Aurora Hansen

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