Why Is My Dragon Scale Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Alocasia Baginda Plant

The dragon scale is a lovely green plant native to the tropical regions of Asia and bearing beautiful leaves in large teardrop shapes that resemble how many imagine a dragon’s scale would look. It’s a relatively hardy plant once provided with the right environment, so if yours is dying, let’s help you breathe life back into it.

A Dragon Scale Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Dragon Scale Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office 

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Having this plant in your home or office is almost as good as having a real, live dragon. The leaves are almost preternatural looking, like they leapt from the page of some mythical fairytale about knights and queens.

And while it’s not a low-maintenance plant, it’s not notorious for being a particularly difficult plant either. You can keep it in pretty much any space that has enough humidity and expect it to attract tons of attention and start conversations.

Apart from being gorgeous foliage for your house, the dragon scale is also good for the air. It will absorb common household toxins and breathe out oxygen, so you might want to keep it right next to your bed!

As a final bonus, the dragon scale plant brings you great feng shui energy. You’ll encourage strength, longevity, and magic in your home. What more could you possibly ask for?

Signs of a Dying Dragon Scale Plant

The most obvious signs of a dying dragon scale plant are as follows:

  • Mushy leaves
  • Soggy soil
  • Tightly packed soil
  • Crisping leaves

Common Causes of a Dying Dragon Scale Plant

The most common causes of a dying dragon scale plant include:

  • Too much sun
  • Not enough sun
  • Too much water
  • Not enough water
  • Not enough humidity

Watering Needs of a Dragon Scale Plant

The dragon scale plant needs to be kept moist. Unlike many warm weather plants, whose soil needs to dry out in between waterings, the dragon scale calls for plenty of water. Never allow it to dry out.

Check the soil regularly, and if you notice the top inch or two of soil is dry, you’ll know it’s time to water. If the soil is still moist, you can leave it for now.

To read more about watering your plant, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

Am I Underwatering My Dragon Scale Plant?

You can tell your dragon scale plant is underwatered because the soil becomes tightly packed, and the leaves begin to droop.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Dragon Scale Plant

If you have been underwatering your dragon scale plant, you can water it until the water runs through the holes in the bottom of the pot.

Am I Overwatering My Dragon Scale Plant?

You know your dragon scale has been overwatered if the soil gets soggy and the leaves and stems get mushy.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Dragon Scale Plant

If your plant has been overwatered, you’ll need to pull the root ball from the soil and lay it out on a screen in the sun until the root ball dries all the way out. Then repot the root ball in fresh, indoor plant soil and get onto a regular watering schedule.

Soil Needs of a Dragon Scale Plant

Because the dragon scale plant is a tropical plant that requires moisture and humidity, it needs soil that will hold moisture without getting soggy. Look for a potting mix that contains perlite and orchid bark, which is essentially a soilless mixture.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Dragon Scale Plant

Your soil mixture can also contain coco coir, and you can store pebbles and bark in the bottom of the pot to ensure the water can remain locked into the mix.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Dragon Scale Plant

If you find you still have trouble finding balance with your dragon scale plant, you can change pots as well, opting for a pot that has holes in the sides, so you can water more frequently.

Lighting Needs of a Dragon Scale Plant

The dragon scale plant typically sits on the rainforest floor beneath plenty of tree cover from above. Consider trying to mimic this dappled light using blinds, curtains, or other plants. The goal is to create filtered light for your plant.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Dragon Scale Plant

To strike the right balance, you may have to move your plant around a bit. Consider moving it closer to or farther away from the window. Also, try moving it to different locations in your home or office, north, south, east, or west, wherever you get the right amount, and right type, of light for this plant.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Dragon Scale Plant

Because it is a moisture-loving plant, the dragon scale may attract common houseplant pests like scale, spider mites, and fungus gnats. If you find bugs on your leaves or stems, spray it liberally with neem oil and wipe the leaves regularly, at least a couple of times a week. Continue to spray your plant until you’re sure it is free from pests.

Fake Dragon Scale Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Dragon Scale Plants May Be an Additional Consideration 

Finally, you may find you don’t love having to care for this picky plant, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. You can always invest in a fake dragon scale plant. This greenery can still offer positive energy, excellent feng shui, and be an amazing conversation piece.

If you’re worried a fake dragon scale plant is not trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whether you decide to go with a real or fake dragon scale plant, you’re going to love having this foliage in your home. It will brighten up any space.

How have you fared with the dragon scale plant? Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping it alive? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers!

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