All About Dracaenas: How to Grow and Care for Them

Dracaenas are among my favorite houseplants.  They can be small enough to sit on a table or 7ft. trees large enough to take the place of a piece of furniture.  Even the least experienced plant enthusiast can successfully grow dracaena plants. Dracaenas thrive on neglect, grow well in low light, and need very little water. They are also excellent plants for cleaning the air, removing such harmful toxins as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.


Dark green, shiny Dracaena Janet Craig

Dracaena Janet Craig

Dracaena Janet Craig: A dracaena janet craig has sword- shaped, leathery, dark green, shiny leaves that are about 3” wide and 2ft. in length. This plant can be used as a table plant, bushy floor plant, or as a beautiful tall  tree. Read more about Dracaena Janet Craig houseplants and how to care for them at:


Green with yellow stripe Dracaena Massangeanna Corn Plant

Draceana massangeana Dracaena corn plant

Dracaena Massangeana (Corn Plant Dracaena): The corn plant dracaena is especially popular because of its long, graceful, green leaves that have a pale yellow and light green stripe running down the center. When small dracaena corn plants can sit on a table, but their claim to fame is as a stately cane plant growing up to 10-12 feet tall. Read more about a dracaena massangeana and how to care for it at:


Bright green and yellow striped Dracaena Lemon Lime

Dracaena lemon lime

Dracaena lemon lime:  A dracaena lemon lime has 12”-24” long, sword-shaped leaves with bright green and yellow stripes. Like other dracaenas, the leaves of a dracaena lemon lime are arranged in a rosette and grow off a very thick stem. Read more about dracaena lemon lime houseplants and how to care for them at:


Dark green, bushy Dracaena Compacta

Dracaena janet craig compacta

The dracaena compacta is a really close relative of the dracaena janet craig, but quite different in appearance. The dracaena compacta plant has a thick green stem and several clumps of short, dark green leaves, 2″-4″ in length. It’s a beautiful addition to homes or offices, but it is a bit more difficult to grow and a bit more expensive than other dracaenas. Read more about a dracaena compacta and how to care for them at:


Dracaena Reflexa (Pleomele)

All varieties of a dracaena reflexa have short, narrow, pointed leaves that are spirally arranged on the stem and tufted at the ends of branches. The regular dracaena reflexa, or pleomele, has dark green leaves. The dracaena reflexa, Song of India, has yellow stripes on the leaves, while the dracaena reflexa, Song of Jamaica, has off -white stripes on the leaves. You learn how to grow and care for a dracaena reflex at:


Dracaena Marginata (Madagascar dragon tree)

A dracaena marginata  can be used as a table plant, but they are really impressive as tall trees with multiple canes and hundreds of long, thin, green leaves trimmed in dark red. The canes are often thick, twisted, and woody, making them a desirable and expensive “specimen” plant. Read more about growing and caring for a dracaena marinate at:



Dracaena Warneki

Sometimes referred to as a “striped dracaena”, the dracaena warnekii has long, pointed, narrow green and white striped leaves and can be used as a table plant, bushy floor plant, or tall cane plant for home and office. A dracaena warnekii is one of the few colorful indoor plants that can survive 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. if you are careful with your water. Learn more about growing and caring for a dracaena warneki at: