Dracaena Compacta

The Dracaena compacta plant, a compact, slow growing member of the Dracaena family, is native to South East Africa. It is often referred to as Dracaena fragrans or Dracaena deremensis. The closest relative of the Compacta is the Dracaena janet craig, but the Compacta is quite different in appearance. The Dracaena Compacta has a thick green stems with several clumps of short, dark green leaves 2″-4″ in length on each stem. This plant is beautiful addition to homes or offices, but it’s a bit more difficult and more expensive than other dracaenas. Dracaena compacta plants are considered by some to be slightly poisonous, especially to dogs and cats. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.



Why Do the Tips of My Dracaena Houseplants Turn Brown?

There are several reasons why the tips of the leaves of Dracaena houseplants turn brown. Fluorine, chlorine, and salt in the water is one reason dracaenas get brown tips. Try using distilled water, or allow your household water to sit out overnight so the chemicals in it can dissipate. Too much plant food and using water that has passed through a softener also causes brow tips on dracaena plants.

My Dracaena Plant Came Planted in Lava Rock. Should I Change the Rock or Leave It That Way?

Many dracaena houseplants come planted in lava rock, and it makes it very hard to tell when they need water. I always recommend replacing at least 1/3 of the lava rock with good potting soil.

Why Are Entire Leaves on My Dracaena Compacta Houseplants Turning Yellow & Some Are Turning Completely Brown. Am I Over- or Under – Watering My Dracaena?

These plants like to practically dry out before being watered. If the new growth has muddy brown leaf tips you are under watering. However, it could also mean that you are using water that has too much chlorine, fluoride, or salt in it. You may also be giving you Dracaena Plants too much plant food.