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 fertilizer 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 light 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.