Sold as widely as an indoor potted plant Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’ has relatively narrow foliage with central white marking on each leaf.
A few cultivars are around some with wider foliage and some with bolder stripes. These plants cope well with indoor conditions provided they get adequate light but not to much light. Over watering can be a problem.
Mealybugs can be treated by the usual measures
- Good filtered light.
- Even moisture, however not wet. Let tap water sit for 24 hours to help remove Fluoride and or Chlorine.
- Slow release fertilizer every 2 months from spring to summer
- Warm temperatures at around 70 F are ideal.
- Keep away from cold drafts and winds.
- Not suited to next to windows in direct sun.
- Best rep-potted every two years as the soil becomes exhausted.
Cuttings and Propagation
Small side shoots can be removed from the main trunk, lower leaves can be removed and remaining foliage can be cut back to 1/3 this prevents excessive transpiration and reduces moisture loss.
Cuttings should be around 8′ – 12″ tall and can simply be grown on in a good quality potting mix.
Larger cuttings can also be taken but may be a little more difficult to strike, remove the leaves from the lower 1/2 of the cutting and cut back foliage again.
Keep moist and spray foliage with a misting spray each day until the dracaena show signs of new life.
More Dracaena Species
- Dracaena goldieana ‘Queen of the Draceana‘
- Dracaena marginata – Red Edged Dragon Tree
- Dracaena fragrans massangeana
- Dracaena draco ‘ Dragon Tree’