A Dracaena compacta plant grows best in medium light. In low light these plants barely grow at all, tend to lose leaves from bottom to top, and are easily over-watered.
Rotate dracaenas so that they don’t grow toward the light and lose their beautiful shape.
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A Dracaena compacta plant use less water when in low light than in bright light. Keep the plant on the dry side to prevent root rot and Leaf Spot Disease; allow the top ¾ of the soil to dry out before watering. In low light this could be two weeks or more. Compacta plants do better when watered on a regular schedule. Brown tips usually indicate too much water or too much chlorine in the water. Yellow leaves or totally brown leaves usually indicate under-watering.
Up to 6 feet (2 meters).
The Dracaena Compacta Plant, a compact, slow growing member of the Dracaena family, is native to South East Africa. It is often referred to as Dracaena fragrans or Dracaena deremensis. The closest relative of the Compacta is the Dracaena janet craig, but the Compacta Plant is quite different in appearance. The Dracaena Compacta has a thick green stem and several clumps of short dark green leaves 2″-4″ in length. It’s a beautiful addition to homes or offices, but it’s the most difficult and most expensive dracaena to care for. Dracaena compacta plants are considered by some to be slightly poisonous, especially to dogs and cats.
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