Our Favourite Plants – the Happy Plant

Happy Plants are a foliage plant native throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Also known as the Dracaena Massangeana, Happy Plants make a bold addition to any houseplant collection thanks to their lush green and yellow striped leaves strikingly upheld by tall cane-like stems. Resembling miniature trees that stand around 1-2 metres tall, Happy Plants have the power to transform any room into a subtropical oasis. 

Happy Plants very occasionally produce a rare small chain of fragrant flowers that last for only a very brief amount of time. If you’re lucky enough to grow these flowers on your Happy Plant, they are said to bring you good fortune and happiness.

Feeling inspired to take on this beautiful indoor plant? We’ll take you through the necessary steps to ensuring that your Happy Plant is as happy as its name suggests.

How to care for a Happy Plant

Happy Plants are known as a relatively easy plant to care for. However, humanity has yet to find a plant that truly requires no care at all, meaning there are certain duties that every Happy Plant owner must undertake in order for their plant to thrive:

A warm, humid environment

Due to their origins in tropical Africa, the Happy Plant is best suited for a warm and humid location that is spared from any cold droughts. Give your Happy Plant access to bright, filtered light or, if it’s outside, provide it with a space in dappled shade as too much direct sunlight can burn its leaves. 

Wherever you decide to place your Happy Plant, the environment should ideally not drop below 10 degrees or exceed 30 degrees. To mimic the humid temperatures of the tropics, mist your Happy Plant with water every so often to create humidity.

Remove dust from leaves

Outdoor plants don’t have to worry about dust or dirt collecting on their leaves as the rain acts as a giant shower to clean their foliage. When a plant is indoors, humans must take on the role of mother nature and regularly clean their plant’s leaves. The lush, plentiful leaves of a Happy Plant are in a prime position to collect dust, so take some time out of your schedule every few weeks to give it a good wipe down.

Water

During the warmer months, it’s recommended that you water your Happy Plant once a fortnight. In winter, decrease the plant’s water intake to once every 3-4 weeks. The soil should be completely drained before your Happy Plant’s next watering session.

General maintenance

Happy Plants don’t ask for too much plant food. You should only feed your Happy Plant with a general-purpose houseplant fertiliser once or twice a year during the summer or springtime. Excessive fertilisation can cause the leaves of your Happy Plant to burn, so make sure you don’t go overboard with the plant food.

How to pot Happy Plants

So you’ve bought a Happy Plant and chosen a warm space with filtered light that your plant will call home. But how do you go about potting your Happy Plant so you can move it to its dream location? Here are three easy steps to potting a Happy Plant:

1. Find the right pot

As a relatively large indoor plant, Happy Plants should be planted in a large pot that has space for them to grow for several years. It’s important that the pot also has good drainage. If interior design is important to you, make sure you choose a timelessly stylish pot as repotting a fully-grown Happy Plant can be quite the ordeal!

2. Time to get potting

To pot your new Happy Plant, fill the base of your pot with a small amount of potting mixture. Then, carefully remove your Happy Plant out of its existing pot and place it into its new home to test it out for size. Get an extra pair of hands to help you stabilise the top half of the Happy Plant, as the upper part is reasonably heavier than the bottom. If the plant falls over due to a lack of stabilisation, the roots may be damaged.

3. Ensure the plant is in the centre

You’ll want to make sure your Happy Plant is straight and in the centre of the pot before you finish the potting process. Try a few different positions within the pot and have someone several feet away confirm that the plant is straight.

4. Pack down more potting mixture

Now that your Happy Plant is straight and at the centre of its pot, you are ready to finish filling the pot with potting mixture. Make sure you pack down more potting mix around the existing root ball to compensate for the plant’s weight.

Where to place a Dracaena Massangeana indoors

While the Dracaena Massangeana can grow outdoors, it’s generally recommended to keep the plant indoors to more accurately monitor and control its environment. 

Happy Plants can tolerate rather low light levels through the moderate and bright indirect sunlight.

Consider placing your Dracaena Massangeana near a North facing window that captures a decent amount of natural light. Too much direct sunlight, however, can be detrimental to the plant’s health and scorch its leaves.

As Happy Plants prefer humid environments, bathrooms and kitchens are two excellent spots in the home to watch your Dracaena Massangeana grow happy and healthy.

Happy Plants make ideal indoor companions for both homes and offices. To find out how a Happy Plant rectangular planter box could inspire happiness and creativity within your office, get in touch with the team at The Plant Man. Our indoor plant hire in Sydney makes plants accessible for worksites of all shapes and sizes, offering the extensive benefits of nature without any of the hassle.