Friday, March 20, 2015

The Zesty Lemon-Lime Dracaena Warneckei

This plant really made me smile when I saw it today. It is such a room brightener! The Lemon-Lime Dracaena, a fairly new hybrid of the Dracaena dermensis 'Warneckei', is another easy-to-grow plant. It's sturdy and delightfully striped leaves can add a touch of liveliness to your home or office space.

These dracaenas are usually sold in larger pots, to be used as a floor plant. They can live with you for years and can eventually grow as high as your ceiling! They are slow growers and can be top pruned, if necessary.

If they need to pruned back for space, as they grow up, you can propagate the removed cane quite easily. Use a 50/50 mix of perlite and peat moss or a good potting soil mix. Remove some lower leaves until you have at least 2" (5cm) or more of stalk. If it is an especially long piece, you can remove  many leaves so that the stalk can fit deeply into the pot you've chosen to plant it in. The longer the bare stalk used for rooting, the faster they usually take.  

This one was waiting to be sold at the great florist in McLean VA, where I once worked myself. You can send floral arrangement or indoor plants almost anywhere in the world from there:

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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 plant in a 6" (15cm) diameter pot with about a pint (almost 1/2 liter) of water.
  • Water a plant in an 8" (20cm) diameter pot with about one quart (close to a liter) of water.
  • A dracaena in a 10" (25cm) diameter 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 is appreciated. Take it outdoors and use your garden hose on gentle, or with a sprayer in a shower. Clean leaves take in more light and breathe easier. 

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