Friday, February 7, 2014

How to care for a Dracaena Warneckei


With soft, white striping running through its deep green leaves, the Dracaena Warneckei is a vibrant and handsome addition to any home or office. This one was grown from a plant that came in a dish garden. Two of its stalks were grown by cutting off part of another stalk  and rooting it directly in the potting soil. It has taken a couple of years to grow this size and you can certainly find one on the market this size or larger if you have a place ready for it.

The Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckei', its full official name, is among the easy-to-grow plants.  It can tolerate quite low light, for awhile anyway, but does very well with bright indirect light. This native of tropical Africa requires very little attention and is a great choice for a beginner. It will happily thrive with someone who can not devote a lot of time and attention to indoor plants but can appreciate the experience of living things in their immediate environment. 

Care Instructions--
  • Bright indirect light or some morning sun is best.  They will thrive in front of a north-facing or east window.
  • A plant in a 6" (15cm) plant should be watered when the soil is dry about 1/2"below the soil surface.  A plant is a 10"(25cm)  pot can dry out about an 1" or so. It is better to err on the dry side, if you aren't sure.
  • Water a 6" (15cm) plant with about a pint (almost 1/2 liter)of water and a dracaena in a 10" (25cm) pot should take up to 2 quarts (almost 2 liters) when necessary.
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth.
  • Dust the leaves occasionally. Gently cleaning the leaves with water every once in a while, with a garden hose outdoors or with a sprayer in a shower, would be appreciated. It will help them take in more light and breathe easier. 
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