How to Propagate Dracaena Houseplants

Would you be able to tell me what type of plant this is and how to propagate it? Thank you.

Hi Kevin,

Learn how to propagate a dracaena compacta with bare stems at

Your plant is called a Dracaena janet craig compacta. Janet craig cuttings will root in water, but the preferred method is to root them in a potting mix using cane cuttings. This propagation method is used when a plant has bare canes with just a few leaves at the top. Cut a 10”-12” piece of cane into 3”-4” sections. Each section should have one or two plant nodes. Dip the cut end of the cane into a small amount of Rooting Hormone that contains a Fungicide. Lay the sections horizontally in soil with the node facing up; alternatively, the cane section can be planted vertically with the node buried in the soil. The best rooting mix for your cutting is a  peat-based potting mix. (Janet Craigs are fluoride sensitive and perlite is a potent source of fluoride, so I don’t recommend using any soil containing perlite.) Use a small pot and keep the rooting mix evenly moist by watering it whenever the top half-inch feels dry. Cover the pot with clear plastic to increase the humidity and prevent the soil from drying out. You can read more about these dracaenas in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

Dracaena janet craig plants are considered by some to be slightly poisonous, especially to dogs and cats. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.