Dracaena Warnekii Blooms

I received this plant in 1996. A greenhouse owner across the street at the time told me what it was and asked me if it had bloomed? It has. but only once in 17 years. What kind of plant is this and what can I do to get it to bloom again? The bloom was a 9″ “stick” which came from the top and had small flowers all over it which were very aromatic. Then the blooms fell off and so did the stick. Any help would be appreciated.

Hi Rusty,

Green and white stripped Dracaena Warnekii

Dracaena Warnekii

Your plant is called a Dracaena Warnekii. Dracaenas rarely bloom indoors and no one really knows why they do or don’t bloom. My best advice is to take good care of the plant, don’t move it around and keep the plant in the same indirect bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. location, and don’t re-pot unless it is really necessary. You can read more about Dracaena Warnekii houseplants in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.