The dark-green leaves of dracaena Janet Craig make it a most attractive plant. It is one of the best plants for removing trichloroethylene. Janet Craig features a rosette of broad, dark-green leaves. The mature plant can reach a height of 10 feet (3 meters) but can be contained by pruning. The Compacta is a smaller variety that reaches only 1 – 3 feet (0.3 – 0.9 meters). While the regular variety grows quickly, the Compacta is a slow grower. These plants can tolerate neglect and dimly lit environments. Dracaenas are popular in office buildings and homes with contemporary interiors.
Family: Agavaceae (agave)
Origin: Canary Islands, Africa, Asia and Madagascar
Care: Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Do not allow the root ball to dry. Provide liquid fertilizer every two weeks in spring and summer. In fall and winter, waster less often and do not feed. Mist often or wipe with with a damp cloth. Do not use commercial leaf-shine products.
Ideal Temperature: 65-75°F (18-24°C)
Challenges: Usually pest resistant, but may suffer attacks of spider mites, scale insects or mealybugs in air that is too dry.