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How to Pollinate Dracena Spike Plant:
Increase Your Yield

Updated: June 24, 2022

Dracena spike plant, also known as Dracaena indivisa, is a popular ornamental plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It is a member of the Asparagaceae family and is native to Madagascar. The plant is prized for its long, slender leaves that grow in a rosette pattern and its ability to thrive in low-light conditions. However, for those who want to increase their yield, pollination is crucial. Here’s how to pollinate your dracena spike plant.

Step 1: Identify the flowers

Dracena spike plants produce small, white flowers that grow on long, thin stems known as inflorescences. The flowers are usually located at the top of the plant and can be difficult to spot. Look for clusters of small buds that are starting to open up.

Step 2: Get a paintbrush

To pollinate your dracena spike plant, you will need a small paintbrush with soft bristles. This will allow you to transfer pollen from one flower to another without damaging the delicate petals.

Step 3: Transfer pollen

Gently brush the tip of the paintbrush against the stamen (the male reproductive organ) of one flower. The stamen is located in the center of the flower and is covered in fine, yellow pollen. Once you have collected some pollen on your brush, carefully transfer it to the stigma (the female reproductive organ) of another flower. The stigma is located just above the stamen and is sticky to the touch.

Step 4: Repeat

Continue this process until you have pollinated all of the flowers on your dracena spike plant. You may need to do this several times over a period of weeks to ensure that all of the flowers have been properly pollinated.

Step 5: Wait

Once you have pollinated your dracena spike plant, you will need to wait for the flowers to wither and fall off. This can take several weeks. Once the flowers have fallen off, you should start to see small seed pods forming in their place.

Step 6: Harvest seeds

Once the seed pods have turned brown and started to split open, you can harvest the seeds. Gently remove the pods from the plant and place them in a paper bag. Allow the pods to dry out completely before opening them up and collecting the seeds.

Tips for successful pollination

  • Pollinate your dracena spike plant early in the morning when the flowers are fully open and receptive to pollen.
  • Use a clean paintbrush to avoid transferring any harmful pathogens or bacteria to your plant.
  • Keep your plant well-watered and fertilized to ensure healthy growth and development.

By following these steps, you can increase your yield of dracena spike plants and enjoy beautiful, healthy plants for years to come.


Can I pollinate my dracena spike plant with my finger?
While it is possible to pollinate your dracena spike plant with your finger, it is not recommended. Your finger may contain oils or other substances that could harm the delicate flowers.

How often do I need to pollinate my dracena spike plant?
You should aim to pollinate your dracena spike plant at least once a week during its flowering season.

How long does it take for seed pods to form after pollination?
It can take several weeks for seed pods to form after pollination. Be patient and continue to care for your plant during this time.

How do I know when my seed pods are ready to harvest?
Seed pods will turn brown and start to split open when they are ready to harvest. Be sure to harvest them before they fall off the plant.

Can I grow dracena spike plants from seeds?
Yes, you can grow dracena spike plants from seeds. However, it can take several years for the plants to reach maturity.