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 inch or two (about 3-5cm). 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. 
This is the same Dracaena Warneckei as the first pic, posted in 2014. This pic was taken in 2020. The plant above was moved to live in front a window with some sun for awhile. It has been divided into two plants and this is one of them.


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