Identify My Houseplant and Care Tips to Grow It: Dracaena Janet Craig

Hello Judy, could you possibly tell me the name of this plant? Also, if you could be so kind to let me know what I need to change to provide a healthier environment for it to thrive. It seems like the ends of the long leaves turn yellow and/or brown, on the outside edges too. Thank you for your advise and help. I have recently moved to this area and there are a very limited number of plant nurseries for questions I might have.

Hi Jenine,


From the picture, it looks like your plant is a Dracaena janet craig; but I could be more certain if you could email a close up of the leaves. Also, is the plant falling over & does it need a stake to hold it up straight? Again, I can’t tell from the picture. Here is what a Dracaena janet craig looks like. What do you think?


Brown and black tips and edges are usually caused by the quality of the water being used. If the water has too much chlorine or fluoride, allow it to sit out over night before using it. Never use water that has passed through a softener. It has too much salt in it and burns the leaf tips and sides. Too much 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. can also cause the problem. Dracaenas need to be fed monthly in the spring and summer and never during the rest of the year. Always dilute your plant food to 1/2-1/4 the recommended strength. Dracaenas are 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. plants and should never be placed in the direct sun. They prefer loose soil that dries out quickly. When in doubt do not water. These plants do well when dry but quickly develop root rot when over watered. They like to be a little root bound in small pots. You can read more about a Dracaena janet craig in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

Let me know if I have the right plant, if not, email a new close up and I’ll start over.