Dracaena Plants for Sale Online
Dracaenas are among the easiest and most popular house plants sold today. Some people refer to this indoor plant as a corn plant due to its resemblance. Smaller Dracaena plants are perfect for use on a table, shelf or even as a desk Plant. As Dracaena plants age they will become quite large but they do remain slender and full.
They look great in corners or placed in front of bare walls in living rooms. Older Dracaenas can reach heights of up to 5 to 6 feet. Use the colorful foliage to add a bright splash to any room.
Dracaenas are one of the most effective houseplants for air purification, according to NASA Studies. They help remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and carbon dioxide from the air in our homes or offices. These chemicals can be linked back to several health problems. They include headaches, respiratory problems, anemia, marrow disease, kidney disease, among other conditions.
Dracaenas will improve indoor air quality. According to the American Society of Horticultural Science, indoor air can be 12 times more polluted than the air outside in some areas. This is mostly because of the compounds in furnishings, paints, cleaning chemicals as well as some building materials. Using Dracaenas to remove these toxins will make breathing easier, fight colds, remove airborne contaminants, and improve the overall health of you and your family.
Types of Dracaena Plants:
- Dracaena marginata: Often called Madagascar Dragon Trees. They are a distinctive, tall houseplant that is an excellent choice for first-time houseplant buyers because they handle missed watering and minimal light without consequence.
- Lemon Lime Dracaena: This dracaena is truly an eye-catcher. Dracaena Lemon Lime features chartreuse leaves with gray-green centers and white stripes.
- Limelight Dracaena: Dracaena Limelight Plants are carefree houseplants that can be used to add height, drama, and a bright splash of color to any interior area. This is a relatively low-maintenance houseplant that will require only occasional pruning to remove old foliage.
- Janet Craig Dracaena: Dracaena Janet Craig plants are a lush, houseplant that cleans the air indoors. The dark green leaves are broad and arch slightly, creating a very graceful form. Grows well in Low Light areas of your home where few other houseplants will grow.
- Compact Janet Craig Dracaena: Dracaena Janet Craig Compacta is a dwarf form of the Janet Craig Dracaena. Grows Equally as well in low light areas as its bigger sister does. The compact version is perfect as a tabletop plant or on your desk at work.
- Dracaena marginata Kiwi: Dracaena marginata kiwi is an attractive, stiff-leaved plant with colorful foliage that sometimes goes by the name kiwi dragon tree.
Tips for Growing Dracaenas:
Light: Dracaena plants tolerate low light, but thrive in medium and bright indirect light as well. Dracaenas placed in brighter light will grow faster than those in less light. Dracaenas do well under fluorescent light, which is why they can be seen happily growing on desks and tables in offices.
Water: Dracaenas grow best in moist soil that does not stay too soggy. A good rule of thumb is to water your Dracaena plants when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch. Corn plants prefer room-temperature water instead of cold water directly from the tap. They do not like “wet feet” so it's best to place your dracaena in a shallow saucer filled with decorative gravel.
Pro-tip on Watering Dracaenas: Before watering dracaena with water straight from your kitchen faucet, fill your watering can and allow it to sit overnight for the fluoride and chlorine to dissipate into the air. Dracaenas do not like those chemicals in their water.
Soil: Since Dracaenas grow best in well-drained soil, one trick we use when growing dracaena plants is to Mix 50% Espoma Organic Potting Mix with 50% Espoma Organic Cactus Mix. This blend seems to have just enough moisture retention but allows excess water to drain off.
Pro-tip on soils and drainage for Dracaenas: If you notice the leaves start Drooping or turning yellow, this indicates over-watering or inadequate drainage. If you see this, make sure the plant is not sitting in water after you water and cut back on your watering frequency.
Fertilizer: Dracaena plants do not have a high fertility requirement. Granular fertilizer such as Osmocote Plus can be sprinkled onto the soil surface twice per year in early spring and again in early summer.
If you prefer to feed when you water, we suggest mixing Jack's classic houseplant fertilizer at half the labeled rate each time you water. This will provide your dracaenas with an even amount of nutrients but will not overfeed them Fertilizer should only be added to the water during the spring, summer, and early fall.
If you notice the tips of your dracaena leaves starting to turn brown, this is a good indication that the plant is not getting enough humidity. This is easily remedied by misting the plant occasionally with clean lukewarm water from a regular household spray bottle.
Using the above fertilizer recommendations guarantees you will have a healthy plant.
Information about Madagascar Dragon Tree Plants
Dracaena plants are members of the asparagus family. Its foliage resembles the leaves of a cornstalk. As they grow, Dracaenas can lose their lower leaves until a rosette of foliage is held atop its cane-like stem.
Across its native habitat in Africa, Dracaenas may grow to a height of more than 20 feet. Indoors you can expect it to reach a height of only 4 to 6 feet. Gardeners in zones 10 through 12 can grow dracaena plants outdoors year-round, but gardeners in northern zones can only enjoy it as a houseplant.
Do Dracaena Plants Clean The Air?
Yes, According to the NASA Clean Air Study, Dracaena is one of the most efficient plants at removing formaldehyde from the air in your home, as well as other VOCs, including benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
Are Dracaena Marginata Plants Pet Safe?
Keep your pets away from this plant, as it can be toxic to animals when ingested. View our collection of Pet Safe plants for non-toxic alternatives.
Why Is My Dracaena Plant Drooping?
Your plant's leaves droop as a result of little water retention in their leaves or underwatering. Even though underwatering is a cause of drooping leaves, overwatering is more likely the issue. We recommend watering less if you notice this issue. If it's not overwatering or underwatering, your plant could have sap-sucking insects like aphids or mealybugs infesting it and causing the leaves to droop.
Should I Mist My Dracaena Plant?
Dracaena plants love to be misted, especially during periods of low humidity. The winter is a time that your plant would benefit greatly from consistent misting. Without sufficient moisture, you may see your plant's leaf tips begin to yellow or even turn brown. Because they love humidity, you could also purchase a small humidifier to keep near all your plants. Doing so will mimic a humid environment in your home.
Do Dracaena Plants Like Coffee Grounds?
Coffee grounds are great additions to compost and soils for your plant. A small portion of grounds placed into soil acts similarly for your plant as it does for humans. Do not overdo it when adding the coffee grounds into your plant's soil. We recommend doing so once a month as a little pick-me-up for your houseplant.