Plant Care Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'

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About Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'

This cultivar of Dracaena fragrans is more compact than others, and has gorgeous glossy, dark foliage. The protective resins inside cornstalk dracaena are in Dragon’s Blood, a bright red pigment, varnish, medicine, incense, and dye that has been used across ancient cultures for thousands of years. This plant rarely blooms, but when it does, its flower blooms at night and emits smells that attract night pollinators, like moths. 🦇

Taxonomy

Dracaena fragrans 'Janet Craig Compacta'
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Dracaena fragans Compacta

How to care for Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'

💦 Water

How often to water your Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'

Water needs for Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'
0.5 cups
every 12

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta': 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta': repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Common Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' Water Frequency →

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' Light Requirements →

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' →

When and How to Successfully Repot Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' →


💩 Fertilizer

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta', since they are very sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 25
Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 11
Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 11
Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta' has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@Megan avatar
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11/24/2021

Doesn’t need a lot of watering. Also doesn’t grow very fast, but it’s a beautiful shade of green. Fantastic plant for a small space because it will take time to outgrow it.

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globe New Town, ND
11/04/2021

Great office plant. Easy to care for. Doesn’t need a lot of light or water

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globe Decatur, GA
10/08/2021

Purchased a humidifier for my indoor plants hoping it will help them flourish, guide says this plant likes humidity. Misting wasn’t doing enough, grows faithfully I propagated it into three stalks. Will eventually group them together. It is a very low maintenance plant, I tend to talk to my plants each morning not sure that helps but this plant has been with me for 12 years.

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globe Sacramento, CA
10/06/2021

Deep green and sooo easy to take care of. He puts out a lot of new growth with very little maintenance!

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08/29/2021

take care not to put in direct sunlight

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07/22/2021

This bebe survived two winters in Chicago (indoors with limited light) followed by a six-month drought in my western-exposure high rise office when COVID hit. When I rescued it in September, the bottom leaves were brown and crispy, but the top was still lush and green. Now almost a year later, it’s thriving with proper water and light. So easy to care for, and will reward you with beautiful new growth if you’re good to it 🥰

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06/24/2021

Sturdy little plant with moderately-paced growth. It has an aloe Vera shape to it with very dark leaves. Good for beginners. I have it close to my west facing window on a hanging shelf, it’s doing very well.

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06/06/2021

she’s a fighter she really lived through my depressive episode

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05/23/2021

Very low maintenance!

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05/18/2021

One of the most sturdy plants you can find! It doesn’t need much light or water, but the tips of the leaves brown easily, at least in my experience haha

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05/02/2021

So so beautiful but the leaves so crisp up with direct sunlight. Make sure it’s not close to direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Other than that it’s AMAZING!

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04/24/2021

This guy’s a solid buddy.
I got this draceana like most of my first plants, as part of a random assortment of plants for a terrarium. The terrarium never worked out well, so I took out the plants and put them in their own pots, which has been great.

This guy had just a handful of leaves and was maybe two inches tall, he has about tripled in size, slowly but surely, and stays green and fresh looking, no matter what I do or don’t.

Great beginner plant. Not spectacular or anything, but cute healthy foliage, never looks ‘neglected’, you know? Yes you do. ;)

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04/02/2021

The key to this plant is not to over water it. Needs very little water.

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02/26/2021

Like the ZZ Plant this is an extremely slow grower. So if you are patient growing type than this probably isn’t for you lol. It prefers to dry out between waterings & only requires a monthly watering (during winter). Easy to care for & it doesn’t mind lowering lighting (this one is kept in near a north facing window). Just another one of your boring green plants, but boring & green will always be my favorite 😉

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02/12/2021

This plant is a great accent piece for your living space. Their leave tips brown easily due to impurities in the water you give them - don’t fret or panic though! This experience made me appreciate plant care more - it’s not about trying to control my dracaena to look perfect all the time; it’s about letting it adapt to your living environment which includes having the water from your sink. Highly recommend it!

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