Dracaena Plant Features
Dracaenas are a group of houseplants you just can't go wrong with. Why? They're among the easiest and most common indoor plants around. Young plants are small and bushy, making them perfect residents of desks and tabletops. Older dracaenas develop woody stems and can become tree like. In fact, after years and years, many healthy dracaenas can reach 5 or 6 feet tall. They're ideal for adding a bold splash of texture to your indoor decor.
Add interest by selecting varieties variegated with contrasting colors. Striped-type dracaena offers just that: Beautiful leaves that look good by themselves or in combination with other plants. When they're young, they form low mounds that look a bit like stars; as they grow, they pick up some height, eventually becoming tree-like (though it takes a while in your average living room).
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Dracaena Growing Instructions
Grow most dracaenas in regular household conditions; they tolerate low light, but thrive in medium and bright spots, too. Water dracaenas when the soil surface gets dry; that's often about once a week or so, but can vary depending on the size of your plant, the size of its pot, the amount of light it gets, and other factors.
Most dracaenas really don't require much fertilizer --- only once or twice a year to keep them healthy (every six months or so). But if you want more growth, you can fertilize more frequently. Use any general-purpose houseplant fertilizer from your local garden center and follow the directions on the packaging.
If your dracaena gets too tall and lanky, you can prune the top off. Most types will resprout and become bushier. If your dracaena has brown leaf tips, try boosting the humidity --- dry air (or soil that stays dry too long) can cause the leaves to develop this problem.
Dracaena is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Medium water needs
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow
Varieties: Our Favorites
Dracaena reflexa 'Anita'
Bearing narrower leaves than most, Anita has a fun, grassy texture and is often grown as a small tree.O2 for You
Dracaena deremensis 'Dorado'
A fun variety, Dorado features dark green leaves edged in chartreuse.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Dracaena 'Florida Beauty'
A bit different than the others, Florida Beauty has rounded leaves liberally dabbled in golden-yellow splotches.Exotic Angel
Dracaena deremensis 'Hawaiian Sunshine'
Hawaiian Sunshine offers shiny dark green leaves with a light green stripe running down the center. It looks similar to corn plant, but has smaller, shorter leaves.
Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig'
One of the most common houseplants of all time, Janet Craig features dark green, shiny leaves and is particularly easy to grow.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Dracaena deremensis 'Lemon Lime'
An eye-catching variety, Lemon Lime features chartreuse leaves with gray-green centers and white stripes.Exotic Angel
Dracaena deremensis 'Lemon Surprise'
Lemon Surprise has dark green, chartreuse, and white leaves, but unlike Lemon Lime, the leaves have a slight twist or curl, giving this houseplant a little extra interest.Exotic Angel
Dracaena deremensis 'Limelight'
A fantastic variety for brightening your home, Limelight shows off bright chartreuse leaves.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Dracaena deremensis 'Malaika'
A fun variety, Malaika has rich green leaves streaked with white, gray, and creamy green.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Dracaena deremensis 'Rikki'
Rikki is an easy-to-grow variety that sports light green variegation in the center of its deep green leaves.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Dracaena reflexa 'Song of India'
Also called pleomele, Song of India features medium-sized green leaves edged in cream.O2 for You
Dracaena reflexa 'Song of Jamaica'
Song of Jamaica is an easy-to-grow houseplant with dark green leaves and lighter green centers.O2 for You
Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckii'
Warneckii shows off gray-green leaves variegated with stripes of white and green.Exotic Angel , O2 for You