Care of Dracaena Warneckii Limelight

Overview

A newer cultivated variety of dracaena is the limelight, a Dracaena with light-green leaves that seem to glow in low-light environments. The dracaena limelight is an engineered variety of the naturally growing branch of Dracaena deremensis Warneckii. Dracaenas are notoriously easy to grow houseplants, offering showy foliage and an ability to rid indoor air of certain toxic compounds. With exotic leaves and a tolerance for low-light conditions, the dracaena limelight is slow-growing and enjoys normal indoor temperatures.

Step 1

Position your dracaena limelight in bright, indirect light, but not in direct sunlight. Maintain average air temperatures around the dracaena of about 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and don't expose the plant to temperatures below 55 degrees. Keep the dracaena away from drafts or heating and cooling vents to avoid temperature extremes.

Step 2

Water your dracaena limelight with fluoride-free water, drenching the potting soil until the water drains freely from the bottom of the container. Water your dracaena only when the soil begins to feel dry to the touch and empty the water from the drainage dish about 30 minutes after watering the plant.

Step 3

Feed your dracaena limelight with an all-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer once per month during the spring and summer. Follow the dosage recommendation on the package and don't feed the dracaena during the fall or winter months.

Step 4

Keep humidity levels elevated around your Dracaena Warneckii Limelight, especially during the drier winter months. Set the Dracaena's pot on top of a drainage dish that's filled with pebbles and water, ensuring that the container is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water.

Step 5

Wipe the dracaena's leaves once each week with a damp cloth to remove any accumulated dust. Wet the cloth with fluoride-free water to avoid staining the leaves and don't allow the leaves to remain wet for more than 10 hours.

Tips and Warnings

  • Watch out for pests infesting your dracaena limelight, such as mealybugs, spider mites and scales. Treat these insect infestations using an appropriate insecticidal spray, horticultural oil or insecticidal soap, following the instructions on the label.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering can
  • Fluoride-free water
  • All-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer
  • Drainage dish
  • Pebbles
  • Cloth
  • Planter pots
  • Fast-draining potting soil
  • Insecticidal spray, horticultural oil or insecticidal soap (optional)

References

  • University of Florida: Limelight Dracaena
  • Clemson University Extension: Dracaena
  • University of Illinois Extension: Dracaena
Keywords: Dracaena Limelight care, Dracaena Warneckii Limelight, Dracaena deremensis Warneckii

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