Reasons a Dragon Scale Plant Should Be Part of Your Home or Office Décor 

The dragon scale plant, also known by its botanical name, Alocasia baginda, got its name for obvious reasons. It looks just like what many people imagine a dragon scale would look like.

It is a gorgeous piece of greenery that can take up space in any room of your home or office. All it takes is a bit of love and care.

A Dragon Scale Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

A Dragon Scale Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

The dragon scale will grow best with some partial sun exposure, a nice, moist soil, and a bit of pruning attention if you’re up for it. Under the right conditions, this plant can grow up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide indoors, taking up plenty of space and drawing the attention of anyone who might notice it.

You can also be sure this plant will keep your air clean, as it will absorb most common household toxins then breathe out oxygen at night. So, you might love to have this gem next to your bed.

A tropical plant by nature, the dragon scale comes in vibrant greens and purples that go well in neutral-colored pots or surrounded by other tropical and vibrantly colored plants. As if that wasn’t enough, this plant also gives off tons of positive feng shui.

Are Dragon Scale Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?

Because of its resemblance to the dragon scale, this plant represents strength, power, and abundance, all energies you can expect to attract if you keep this lovely foliage in your home or office.

Also, because dragons are mythical creatures, you can also welcome spirituality and a bit of magic into your space with one of these plants. Thus, consider placing it in your office or near your front door as a means of encouraging only positive vibes into your home, protecting the warmth already there, and preventing any toxic energies from entering or flourishing.

For those interested in learning more about feng shui practices, check out this master class article on how to use feng shui.

Are Dragon Scale Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?

Dragon scale is not particularly easy to care for, but it is easier than most other members of the alocasia family. The biggest factor to consider is the humidity required to keep the dragon scale thriving.

How Do Dragon Scale Plants Grow?

Native to the rainforests of Asia, this green and purple plant will bloom during the spring and sprout small, not especially fascinating flowers. You might consider pruning the flowers to allow the plant to focus its resources on its other parts.

What Kind of Soil Does a Dragon Scale Plant Need?

The dragon scale plant can be planted in a chunky, well-draining soil. Indeed, you can even plant this foliage in a soilless mixture that includes orchid bark and perlite. You can also include sandy potting soil in this mixture; just be sure it remains moist.

How Much Light Does a Dragon Scale Plant Need?

As a plant used to sitting on the floor of a rainforest, dragon scale is used to the filtered light that comes through the large trees and leaves overhead. You can mimic this light by placing a transparent curtain over the window, or setting the plant behind another, larger plant near a window. The goal is bright, indirect light.

How Much Water Does a Dragon Scale Plant Need?

Unlike its cousins in the alocasia family, the dragon scale can withstand a bit of a drying out period, but in general the soil should be kept moist.

Check the top inch of soil, and if it feels dry, you can water the plant. If it is still wet, you can go ahead and wait.

For more information on watering plants, check out my other article for signs, tips, and tricks to avoid watering mistakes.

Other Conditions that Are Important to a Dragon Scale Plant

Humidity is key for a dragon scale plant, so consider keeping it in a greenhouse environment or setting a humidifier in whatever room you keep your plant in.

You should also be sure you fertilize the plant regularly, especially during the spring and the summer.

Finally, if you notice pests like scale, spider mites, or thrips on your plant, simply spray it with neem oil and wipe the leaves.

Dragon Scale Plant Decorating Ideas

The dragon scale plant will look lovely pretty much anywhere, so the idea for decorating it really must depend on keeping it in a room that will get plenty of light, moderate humidity, and regular waterings.

As such, you might consider creating a rainforest atmosphere in the room where you’ll keep your dragon scale. You can introduce more moist, humidity-loving plants around this one and have an interesting sort of garden.

Do Fake Dragon Scale Plants Look Real?

Do Fake Dragon Scale Plants Look Real

But, in the end, if you can’t imagine having an entire humid room, or you don’t have the time and energy to provide enough moisture to your dragon scale, it is completely valid to invest in a fake dragon scale.

This means you don’t have to give up on having this lovely foliage in your space, and you can still reap all the good feng shui! A fake dragon scale can look just like the real thing, after all.

And if you’re wondering if artificial plants are even in style, check out my piece on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whether you decide to work on a live plant or go with a fake one, you’ll love having a dragon scale in your home or office, so go ahead and take the leap.

Do you have a dragon scale plant in your home or office? How do you care for it? Where do you keep it? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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