Ants attacked my (2) 11" Dracaena

henry_t at henry_t at
Sun Aug 24 21:22:16 EST 1997

T&T Monroe <monroe at> wrote:

Ants don't attack plants outside of the tropics. Sometimes the
prescence of ants indicates that the soil is incredibly dry, and the
ants are using it as a nesting site.  Usually, though, the ants are
"farming" some sort of sucking insect, such as aphids or (more
likely)scale.  90% of what the insects suck goes out their rear ends,
and is used to feed ants or to feed an underground fungus that the
ants eat.  Anyway, the fact that one of the Dracaena stems is budding
MAY be encouraging. Pull back about 1/2" of soil and look to see if
the "bark" is slimy and rotten-looking just below the ground surface.
Sometimes a cane plant will bud-out even while the roots are dying.
If you see this, you could cut the stem off several inches above the
ground, let it dry for a few days, and then "plant" it in sterilized
soil.  If you see no signs of anything, and  your other cane is just
stubborn, I find that a drenching with miracle-grow will usually get
attention. Good growing.
PS Here in Miami, manyDracaenas do not prosper, despite lots of
humidity and warmth.  They like good light, rich soil, and GREAT air

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