The dracaena lemon lime plant, native to Africa, is a very close relative of the dracaena warneki (green and white striped leaves) and the dracaena janet craig (solid green leaves). The dracaena lemon lime has 12”-24” long sword shaped leaves with bright green and yellow stripes. Like other dracaena plants, the leaves are arranged in a rosette and grow off a very thick stem. A dracaena lemon lime is very easy to care for and can easily reach a height of 5ft-7ft. indoors. It also makes a beautiful bush. Because of the bright colors in the leaves, the dracaena lemon lime needs a little more light than other dracaenas. It’s a great plant to brighten up any room in your house. Dracaena plants are considered to be poisonous to cats and dogs by the ASPCA. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.
You can save a cold damaged dracaena lemon lime. As long as the temperature was above 45° the roots should be fine; but you will have quite few black leaves to remove.
Leaves of a Dracaena Lemon Lime or Striped Dracaena plant get blotchy and have a reddish haze when they are being attacked by a houseplant pest called spider mites. Spray your dracaena plant with the green solution (recipe in the Glossary) every 10 days for a month.
Dark brown tips on the leaves of a Dracaena Lemon Lime can be a sign of over- watering, too much fluoride in the water, too much fertilizer, or severe under-watering.Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering, fertilize monthly in the spring and summer but never in the fall and winter, and use water that does not have fluoride or chlorine in it.