Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’

Dracaena fragrans ‘Janet Craig’

Synonyms: Dracaena deremensis, Aletris fragrans, Pleomele fragrans, Cornstalk Dracaena

Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ is an excellent indoor plant. If you don’t consider yourself a green thumb, this may be the plant for you! Prized for its deep green glossy foliage, ‘Janet Craig’ is tough and adaptable. Like other forms of the ‘Cornstalk’ Dracaena, this cultivar will grow in part sun outdoors, as well as in heavy shade or indoors. Compared to other indoor choices, this robust plant is much less susceptible to leaf drop or damping off.

Care for Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ is simple. Choose a brightly lit place indoors, or semi-shade outdoors. They can be grown in full sun but will look worn out if they receive too much direct sun. They have fairly low water needs once established. As an indoor specimen, they also will not require a lot of water. A deep watering once a week should be adequate, less often during winter.
Pruning is seldom required for this plant. However, it may eventually grow quite tall and lanky. Plants can be pruned back hard to encourage more growth from down low, developing into a more compact and filled-out specimen. There is also a dwarf form called ‘Janet Craig Compacta’ which has smaller leaves and tight growth.
‘Janet Craig’ does not attract many pests and diseases. They may get mealybug during the warmer month, but this is easily treated. Leaf tips and margins may brown off at times. This mostly happens in cooler weather and is generally a sign of over watering. Allow this plant to dry out somewhat between waterings.

Applications

  • Indoor
  • Shade areas
  • Balcony/patio plant
  • Potted specimen

Care

Very easy to care for. Choose a bright spot, close to a window if grown indoors. If grown outside, ‘Janet Craig’ can be adapted to part sun or dappled shade. Will not tolerate  frost or prolonged cold conditions. Regular fertilizing with products such as Troforte and Organic Link will produce lush, glossy growth.

Features

  • Dark green glossy leaves
  • Tall, upright habit
  • Small white flowers

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Size

Height: 3-4m+ (outdoors)
Width: 1-2m

Light

Bright indoor position, part sun or dappled shade outdoors.

Watering

Low water needs.

Growth Rate

Slow to Moderate growth rate.
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