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Dracaena Janet Craig

Dracaena Janet Craig

Light

  • Indoors: Low to bright indirect light. It thrives in low light conditions but also does well in moderate to bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.
  • Outdoors: Filtered sunlight or partial shade.

Temperature

  • Optimal Range: 65-80°F (18-27°C).
  • Avoid: Temperatures below 50°F (10°C) and sudden temperature fluctuations.

Humidity

  • Preferred: Average indoor humidity is sufficient. It can tolerate lower humidity levels but prefers moderate humidity.
  • Tips: Increase humidity by using a humidity tray, misting the leaves, or using a humidifier, especially in dry indoor environments.

Watering

  • Frequency: Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings.
  • Method: Water thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain out of the pot. Reduce watering in the winter months.
  • Tips: Dracaenas are sensitive to fluoride in tap water, which can cause leaf tip burn. Use distilled or filtered water if possible.

Soil

  • Type: Well-draining potting mix.
  • Preferred: A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and a little compost or sand works well. Ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.

Fertilization

  • Frequency: Every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
  • Type: Balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Pruning

  • Purpose: To remove any dead or yellowing leaves and maintain the plant's shape.
  • Method: Trim back any dead or damaged leaves at the base with clean, sharp scissors.

Repotting

  • Frequency: Every 2-3 years or when the plant becomes root-bound.
  • Pot Size: Increase pot size by 1-2 inches in diameter.
  • Tips: Repot in the spring for best results.

Propagation

  • Method: Stem cuttings.
  • Steps: Cut a healthy stem into sections, each with at least one node. Allow the cuttings to dry for a day to form calluses, then plant them in moist soil or place them in water until roots develop.

Pests and Problems

  • Common Pests: Spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects.
  • Treatment: Use insecticidal soap or neem oil. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove pests.
  • Common Issues: Yellowing leaves, brown leaf tips, and root rot.
  • Solutions: Adjust watering, light, and humidity levels as needed. Ensure the plant is not exposed to cold drafts and is not overwatered. Use distilled or filtered water to prevent fluoride damage.

Special Tips

  • Avoid: Placing the plant near cold drafts or heating vents.
  • Rotate: The plant periodically to ensure even growth and light exposure.
  • Cleaning: Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to keep them dust-free and to help the plant breathe better.

Care Instructions

Delivery only available in IL & MO

Currently, shipping is only available to Illinois and Missouri addresses.

In-Store Pick Up

Free in-store pick-up is available during store hours. Orders are ready to go within 24-48 hours after your order is placed.

Additional Info

Each plant is unique; size, coloring, and shape fluctuate so your plant may be slightly different than the one pictured. However, you'll always receive a happy healthy plant hand-picked, and I won't give customers anything I wouldn't take home myself!

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