Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Lustrous Dracaena 'Limelight'

I immediately glanced at this quietly, shining Dracaena 'Limelight' as soon as I walked into the florist. It looked like it was basking in the natural light from the large window front of the shop. This great plant is a hybrid of the very sturdy Dracaena 'Janet Craig' which has been a favorite of interior plantscapers and home owners alike. 

These Dracaenas are usually sold as floor plants. They take up a fair amount of space but definitely add a big splash of life to any room they are put in in. They can live in fairly low light for a long time and don't need water very often. The Dracaena 'Limelight' is an easy-to-grow plant and will live with you for years, with minimal care.

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  Care Instructions---
  • Good for low light areas; it will also thrive in strong indirect light or some direct sun. Full afternoon sun will be too much for it.  (Its leaves will bleach if it is getting too much light.)
  • A plant in a 10" (25 cm) diameter pot should be watered with 1-2 quarts (1-2 liters) of water when the plant is dry about 1-1/2"-2" (about 3-5 cm) below the soil surface.
  • A plant in a 14" (35 cm) diameter pot will use 1/2 gal-1 gal (about 2-4 liters) of water when dry 2" or a little more below the soil surface. 
  • If your plant is in low light use the lesser amounts of water unless the plant has completely dried out.
  • It's far better to err on the dry side with Dracaenas. It is susceptible to disease if it does not dry out enough in between waterings.
  • Fertilize on a regular schedule for best color and growth.
  • Dust occasionally and even give it a shower with your garden hose or in the bathtub from time to time. Its leaves will stay shiny; it can also breathe and receive light better that way.
***To see a video clip on the Dracaena 'Janet Craig' from my 90's TV series, click on:


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