The Dracaena Compacta is a compact, slow growing member of the Dracaena family and is native to South East Africa. It is often referred to as Dracaena Fragrans or Dracaena Deremensis.
A Dracaena Compacta grows best in medium light. In low light area's they grow very slowly or not at all, tend to lose bottom leaves more quickly, and are easily over-watered. Rotate dracaenas weekly so that they don’t grow toward the light, become one sided, and lose their beautiful shape.
Like other indoor houseplants, a dracaena compacta uses less water in low light than in brighter 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.
Dark brown tips usually indicate the following: too much chlorine or fluoride in the water. Muddy brown leaf tips on new growth means the plant needs more water.
Dracaena is toxic to both cats and dogs. Or rather saponin, a chemical compound that is found in the plant, is toxic to them. A dog eating dracaena leaves can result in vomiting. They are great air purifier.
Dracaena Compacta Tips
A single Dracaena Compacta Tips in a 15cm plastic nursery pot.