- Botanical Name: Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig'
- Common Name(s): Dragon Tree, Corn Plant
- Light: Bright
- Water: Moderate
- Soil: Potting Mix
- Pet Friendly: No
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Description & Care:
Dracaena 'Janet Craig' plant is great for assortments or small spaces in the home or office. They tend to be a hardy plant which makes them a good choice for beginners. Dracaenas compose of a large group of popular foliage plants. Most grow strongly upright with long variegated leaves with a large array of colors. Dracaenas grow well at average room temperatures and like ample light.
Place your plant near a window that gets bright indirect light. These plants will begin to wilt if they are getting too much light. Dracaena will also lose the bright rich color of its leaves if it is not getting enough light. Do not place this plant in direct sunlight as it could cause the leaves to burn and the plant to wilt.
While this plant is forgiving, it does need to be watered regularly. It does not like dry soil. If you are not sure how often to water your plant simply stick your finger into the soil and if it feels dry then it needs water. Be careful not to overwater your plant, the soil should not feel saturated. Overwatering can cause root rot and cause the leaves to brown or yellow. It is best to use distilled water as chemicals in tap water can cause harm.
Temp & Humidity:
Being a tropical plant, Dracaena prefers warmer temperatures and higher humidity levels. Temperatures somewhere in the range of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 26 Celsius). Do not allow the plant to be in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 Celsius). These temperatures are too low which will damage and/or kill your plant.
Humidity is something to consider as well. These plants enjoy a higher humidity level due to their tropical nature. Humidity levels above 40% are preferred for this plant. If your plant develops browning and dry tips on the leaves you need to increase the humidity for the plant. This is very easy to do, simply mist the plant a couple of times a week or place the pot on a small tray filled with pebbles and water.
Use a good draining, quality, potting mix for your Dracaena.
A simple liquid houseplant fertilizer will work just fine for this plant. Only fertilize in the Spring and Summer months as this is the growing season. Cease fertilizing during the Fall and Winter months.
Toxicity to pets:
This plant is toxic to pets so be sure to place it up and away from dogs and keep cats away. The plant does have a bad taste but still beware of ingestion. Signs and symptoms of poisoning include dilated pupils, abdominal pain, increased heart rate, and drooling in cats. Cats and dogs will both display vomiting, depression, inappetence, drooling, incoordination, and weakness.*
*Visit the ASPCA.org website for more information.