Why a Dracaena Plant Droops

I have had this plant for quite some time and I can’t seem to make it really happy. At first I thought it was a variation of a corn plant, but it doesn’t have the stalk aspect so I am still unsure of what it likes. I changed the pot and soil awhile back which seemed to help a bit but it just looks sad and wilted again now. I give it water once a week or so and it sits by a western facing window so gets sunlight during the second half of the day. Any help in making this plant bright and happy would be so appreciated! I really love it and it brings so much to my place. Thanks again!

Hi Ellie,

Green and white dracaena warneki
Dracaena Warneki

Yes, your plant is a dracaena and the main problem is the plant is getting much too much light. Dracaenas do best in medium light and can even survive in  low light. Dracaenas do not like getting direct afternoon sun from a west facing window. The sun is much too bright and too intense. First, move your plant to an area where it will get medium to bright indirect light but no direct sun. Then set the plant in a deep saucer of water for 15 minutes, refilling the water as it is absorbed through the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Allow the plant to drain before putting it back in its decorative container. I think the plant will start to do much better once you give it a good drink of water and move it to cooler less bright area.