Care and maintenance of Dracaena Houseplants

I have these two large plants, they are gorgeous but I don’t know how to care for them. They were given to me from a girl who had them in her salon, I’m sending you pics if I did this right. Would like to keep them healthy, help!

Hi Connie,

These are great plant gifts. The first plant is a Dracaena Marginata and the second is a Dracaena Janet Craig. They are both easy care houseplants that thrive on neglect. The Dracaena Janet Craig is an excellent low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron. plant. A few things to be careful of: When in doubt, do not water. Leaves get brown tips from too much plant food and chemicals in the water. Always dilute your plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength and never fertilize a Dracaena in the fall or winter. If you water is high in fluoride or chlorine, allow it to sit out over night before using it. Never use water that has passed through a water softener, too salty.

You can read more about these plants in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.