Plant to Cats

Hi Judy! My neighbour is offering me this plant but doesn’t know what it is. She can’t take care of it anymore and knowing that I live in a place with tall ceilings, she wants to pass it off to me. I want to know what type of plant it is so I can accurately assess whether I can take care of it (I have two cats!) Thanks for your help 🙂

Hi Lindsay,

The plant is a Dracaena janet craig.  Dracaena plants thrive on neglect, grow well in low light, and need very little water. Do not feed dracaena plants very often. Fertilize once or twice in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Too much fertilizer is not absorbed, stays in the soil, and causes leaf tip burn. You can read all my care tips on how to grow a Dracaena janet craig 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.