How to Water a Pineapple Dracaena Plant


Pineapple Dracaena, known botanically as Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig Compacta', presents a low-maintenance indoor plant with shiny spiked foliage and the look of a tropical plant. They adjust well to low-light conditions and are therefore popular for home and office interiors. This cultivar got its common name because the upward and outward spiked foliage clumps resemble the crown of a pineapple fruit. Water pineapple dracaena plants deeply, and mist as necessary to keep the leaves green.

Step 1

Water your pineapple dracaena deeply with tepid to slightly warm water, never cold, allowing the soil to dry several inches down before watering again.

Step 2

Water your pineapple dracaena with distilled or filtered water if you live in an area with fluoridated tap water and the plant is showing signs of fluoride stress. Signs of stress include yellow leaf margins or spots of dead tissue on the leaves.

Step 3

Mist your dracaena if the ambient humidity in its growing space is less than 40 percent to prevent the foliage from turning brown at the tips and around the edges. Mist over the foliage with tepid water a few times a week or as needed to keep the tips green.

Things You'll Need

  • Tap Water
  • Distilled or Filtered Water
  • Spray Mist Bottle


  • Clemson University Extension: Dracaena
  • Sunset Magazine: Easy Care Houseplants
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