BOTANICAL NAME: Dracaena deremensis ‘warneckei’
COMMON NAME: Striped Dracaena
DESCRIPTION: Usually multi-stemmed branched canes covered with sword shaped leathery leaves, green streaked milky green in centre and bordered with translucent white each side inside the narrow bright green edge.
LIGHT/POSITION: Low to high light. “Warneckei” keeps its variegation even in low light. Can tolerate dark cold corners for some time.
WATERING: Evenly moist – never wet – allow soil to dry out (top 2”) between waterings.
CLEANING: Wipe leaves clean regularly – avoid leaving water on the leaves unless in airy position.
PESTS: Mealy bug amongst the topmost leaves are the most common problem. Spray with pyrethrum and wipe away
DISEASES: Very sensitive to fluoride levels in water resulting in irregular brown patches along the edges of leaves.
FERTILISING: Tend to be slow growing indoors, so keep fertiliser to minimum if necessary.
PRUNING: Pruning can take place at any time of the year by cutting back canes at point below leaf axil. These can be used to propagate new plants.
PRESENTATION: Leaves should be the full length of the canes for bushy leafy appearance.
GENERAL INFORMATION: There are 8 listed varieties of Dracaena deremensis though not all are available in Australia.