Gold Dust Dracaena (Dracaena godseffiana)

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Plant Details

Category: Houseplants
Light: Medium Light
Bloom Season:
Height: 18-30" / 
Space: 2-3' / 
Zones: 10, 11, 12
Lowest Temp: 60° to 80°F / 
16° to 27°C
Colors: Grown for foliage

Basic Care

Very easy to grow in virtually any location. Best in fertile, well-drained soil. Fertilize regularly for best display.


Water every 5 to 7 days depending on light and temperature. Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy.


Fertile, well-drained soil.


Once every month during growing season.

plants that grow upright

Grows Upright

Fast Growth

Ornamental Foliage



Houseplant lovers familiar with other Dracaena species will enjoy this twist on an old favorite. Instead of long striped foliage, Gold Dust Dracaena has smaller leaves and beautiful speckled foliage. Each leaf is dusted in shades of gold to creamy white. Just as easy to care for as other Dracaena species, but with denser foliage and a shrub-like shape.


Perfect for all kinds of containers. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather. Makes a breathtaking potted specimen plant.

Gold Dust Dracaena (Dracaena godseffiana) Care Guide

Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.

Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.

Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.

Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.

Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots.

Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.

Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet.

Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.

Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.

Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.

Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long.

Companion/Combination Plants


  1. Rebecca McPherson

    I just got my Dracaena Godseffiana and quite a few of the leaves are buried in the dirt in the pot, it’s in a pretty small pot and I want to transplant it into a bigger, nicer pot. Do I leave those leaves buried in that dirt or should I trim them back?

    • My Garden Life

      Hi Rebecca,
      It would be best if the soil line were below the leaves. Unless there is some obvious reason not to uncover those leaves when you go to repot it – such as roots forming in the area of the stem near the leaves, then you should be okay to uncover the leaves. Also, no need to trim the leaves off if they’re looking healthy.


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