Janet Craig Dracaena
Dracaena fragrans 'Janet Craig'
Janet Craig Dracaena is a lush, full houseplant that cleans the air indoors. The dark green leaves are broad and arc slightly, creating a very graceful form.
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Janet Craig Dracaena is a lush, full houseplant that cleans the air indoors. The dark green leaves are broad and arc slightly, creating a very graceful form. Dracaenas do well in fluorescent to bright, indirect light, especially in offices or living rooms away from windows or natural light. They help to clean the air of indoor toxins, such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Dracaena prefer to dry out somewhat between watering. Their tolerance of a wide range of conditions makes them an excellent choice for first time houseplant owners. Janet Craig Dracaena is dark green, lush foliage houseplant. It is an excellent choice for first time houseplant buyers because it handles missed watering and minimal light without consequence. Janet Craig is just one variety in a large group of hybrids within the Dracaena family. Other varieties are green, red, yellow, white and usually a mix of several colors. Dracaena clean the air of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. These plants are sold as bush, and are typically found 2 per pot in the 6" size, and 3 per pot in the 10" diameter pots. The 10" diameter containers can also be grown at different heights with a clear trunk, usually named by the height of the foliage. For example, 4'3'2' is the name of plants with canes found at 4 feet tall, 3 feet tall, and 2 feet tall. The plants can be trained to have a clear trunk or kept shorter as bush with leaves from the top of the plant to the soil.
History and Naming of Janet Craig Dracaena:
Native to Africa, Dracaena is a large family, currently encompassing 110 species with about 40 varieties that are grown commercially. The name Dracaena comes from the draikana, an ancient Greek word meaning female dragon. Some varieties of Dracaena exude a thick, red sap when broken similar to dragon blood. Some of the plants in this family even have red stems. Unlike other plants, Dracaena has a tendency to thicken a secondary meristem, and produces thicker roots as a result. The best ways to propagate Dracaena is either by cuttings or by the seed. After the sticky white flowers, Dracaena produces a small round fruit that is viable. Unfortunately, these plants are unlikely to flower indoors, and the flower is not very showy. Dracaena demensis is the Latin name for Janet Craig Dracaena. Dracaena is ancient Greek for female dragon, while demensis means of or from Van Diemen's Land, an old name for Tasmania.