Brown Tips on a Dracaena Janet Craig

Wondering what this plant is called. Local nurseries aren’t sure. Dracaena is just my guess based on going through your Popular Houseplants pics.

Goal: How to propagate?

Characteristics (but I’m no botanist):
* ~1″ stem, diameter does not increase with age or height
* no shoots, self-dividing, no tendency to branch
* ~18″ x ~2.5″ leaves, solid green, 0.5″ – 1.3″ intervals on the stem
* very forgiving, but doesn’t like heater-heat, gets both brown-tip and leaf-spot
* was an industrial hallway plant I salvaged, it grew from ~12″ to ~70″ in several years, seems to have stopped, may be dead (tho’ it looks alive at the top, still)



Your plant is a Dracaena Janet Craig and it looks like it’s having a few problems. Dracaenas are very sensitive to

chemicals such as fluoride, chlorine, or salt in the water. That’s probably what’s causing the brown tips on the leaves with the yellow halos around them. Also, these Dracaenas do not need very much plant food. If you give the plant too much food, the salt in the fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.   builds up in the soil, burns the roots, and causes leaf tippage. Feed your Dracaena Janet Craig plant once or twice a year in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. One more thing, never use water that has passed through a softener, much too salty. You should probably take your plant outside on a warm day, put it in the shade, and drench the soil with some distilled water to get rid of the chemical build-up in the soil. I can also see from the picture that your Dracaena Janet Craig is touching the ceiling. I usually recommend pruning a Dracaena Plant in the spring and early summer, but I really think your plant needs to be pruned ASAP.  You can cut off the top part of the cane anywhere along the stalk. Your Dracaena will send out new leaves wherever you cut it. You can use the part you chopped off to start a new Dracaena.