A Dracaena fragrans “Janet Craig,” previously known as a Dracaena deremensis “Janet Craig,” is native to tropical Africa; and in nature, can grow as tall as 49ft (15m). The slow growing, easy- care Dracaena janet craig is one of the most popular large houseplants used in homes and offices. It grows well in all light conditions, from low light to bright indirect light, and is very forgiving if you forget to water. This is a very forgiving plant that adapts to almost all growing conditions. Some other members of the Dracaena fragrans family include the Dracaena Warnekii, the Dracaena Corn Plant, the Dracaena Reflexa, the Dracaena Compacta, the Dracaena Sanderiana, and the Dracaena Lemon Lime
Dracaena Janet Craig Description
Dracaena janet craig plants have sword- shaped, leathery, shiny dark green leaves that can be as large as 3” (7.6cm) wide and 10”- 20” (25cm – 50.8cm) long. When small, a Dracaena janet craig looks good sitting on a table, desk, or counter; later, as the plant matures, it can be used as a stately floor plant, either in bush or tree form. When purchasing a large Dracaena janet craig, look for one that has at least 3-5 stalks at different heights; this helps ensure that the plant will stay bushy and full as it matures. If growing conditions are ideal, a Dracaena janet craig may produce tall, 10″-12″ (25.4cm- 30.48cm) stalks with large, heavily scented, white flowers. Although this is fun to see, the flowers produce a messy, sticky sap that gets on the floor, carpets, and nearby furniture. The flowers also slow down new leaf development and can even distort the attractive shape of the plant. I like to cut them off as soon as they start to appear.
Dracaena Janet Craig Varieties and Relatives
Dracaena Janet Craig “Compacta” has thick green stems with several clumps of short, dark green, pointed leaves
Dracaena Janet Craig “Lisa” has narrow green leaves and is virtually indestructible; it is more expensive than the regular Dracaena janet craig.
Dr. JC Compacta Dr. JC Flowers Dr. JC Lisa Dr. Reflexa Dr. Warnekii
Quick Care Tips for a Dracaena Janet Craig
Direct sun burns the leaves and causes ugly brown marks or bleached spots
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. or using fluorinated, chlorinated, or salty water causes leaf tip burn
Re-pot when the roots have filled the existing pot. These plants like to be snug in the pot.
A Dracaena janet craig is a stalk plant; bottom leaves turning yellow and dropping off is natural.
Over-watering is the main reason a Dracaena janet craig dies
A Dracaena janet craig is a tough plant that thrives on neglect, grows slowly even in 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., and forgives you if you forget to water. It’s the perfect plant for someone missing a “green thumb” or a novice to caring for houseplants. Just remember not to kill the plant with kindness.
All dracaena plants, are slightly poisonous, especially to dogs and cats. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous to dogs, cats, and small children in Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.
That’s a hard question to answer since it depends on the light in the room. A Dracaena Janet Craig plants grow very slowly in low light, but grow much faster in bright indirect light. Always allow some space between the ceiling and the plant for growth.
You can trim the leaves of your Dracaena Janet Craig using very sharp, wet, scissors. Using wet scissors helps prevent the cut edges of the plant leaves from turning yellow. Brown tips on Dracaenas usually indicate too much salt build-up in the soil due to over-fertilizing or too much fluoride or chlorine in your water. Dracaenas need very little plant food, feed only in the spring and summer not in the fall or winter. Never use water that has passed through a softener, it’s too salty.
If your Dracaena janet craig is too tall, cut the stalks back to whatever height you want. Think about the shape of the tree before you do any pruning because the plant will branch out, developing two or three new “heads” below each cut. You can dip the ends of the cane pieces you remove in a small amount of Rooting Hormone. Plant three or four of these stem pieces in potting soil to propagate a new plant.
Although the flowers on a Dracaena janet craig have a lovely fragrance, they present a couple of problems. The flower and its stalk often ruin the shape of the plant. As the Dracaena flower matures, it secretes a sticky, messy sap that gets on the plant leaves, floor, and anything else that’s nearby. I recommend removing Dracaena flowers sooner rather than later.