Dracaena Janet Craig Compacta Warneckii
+ Comes in a 6" plastic container. Approximately 18" tall currently.
This slow growing plant, native to Southeast Africa is a widely used houseplant. Revered for its tightly compact clumping leaves atop long skinny stems, this is the ultimate Doctor Seuss plant. The 'Compacta' is possibly the slowest growing of the Dracaena family, and because of this, the specimen is slow to change, and so this is considered one of the more expensive Dracaenas on the market.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Asparagaceae / Dracaena
Janet Craig / Warneckii / Janet Craig Dracaena / Janet Craig Dragon Tree / Dracaena Deremensis Compacta / Dracaena Compacta / Dwarf Dracaena / Pineapple Dracaena / Compacta Janet Craig
Can reach a height of up to 6 feet, with a leaf spread of up to 5 inches. But as this is a slow grower, you may only see a growth rate of 4 inches a year.
Can exist outdoors in zones 9-11, but prefers a warm interior environment of 65 degrees and up. Keep away from cold drafts, and directly underneath ceiling fans; on the flip side also keep away from direct sun, it does not like it one bit, and will scorch its leaves.
Modest - High Maintenance
This plant does well in high indoor bright light. It can exist in low light conditions as well, though keep in mind that low light conditions will drastically reduce its water requirements.
The Janet Craig Compacta likes to have its soil dry out to almost 75% before a thorough watering. Overwatering of this plant is the number one cause of its demise, particularly if it is not getting the right light conditions. An added complication is the fact that the Compacta likes well-draining soil, making checking the moisture content difficult, and so it's best to start the Compacta off with a watering schedule of once a week, if in the correct bright indirect light conditions. If in medium light conditions, this may be every other week watering, and if in low light conditions, even less. While the Compacta can do well on the drier side of watering, consistency to a watering schedule is key to its survival, as feast or famine are not great for them either.
This plant loves being potted in lava rock, or other well-draining soil heavy on perlite, which can cause checking for moisture in the soil difficult.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes, it can, and its rare. When it does, it will sometimes produce ear like white or pink flowers from the middle of the rosette that are said to smell of honey, but weirdly enough, it is recommended to remove the blooms when they are produced, as it can be stressful for the plant and offers little to no benefit for it.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
Yes. The leaves are toxic.
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes. Through stem cuttings.
Common Problems: Too much water can lead to root rot. Common signs of this are the shedding of its leaves. If it sheds a couple of leaves over the course of a year, this is normal, if it sheds them within a couple of months, this is a sign of overwatering. If you start to see brown tips, this is known as 'tipping' which can be caused from overwatering or too much fertilizer. Since this is a notoriously slow grower, it can also be slow to show watering issues, so if you begin to see tipping, this may have been caused by an issue a couple of weeks prior / Common pests: Mealy bug / Other Suggestions: This plant likes to be rotated from time to time to evenly distribute the light. It also prefers a good dusting to keep it nice and green and shiny.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.