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While there are quite a few members of the Dracaena family, Warneckii is among the most colorful and easy care. In fact, it makes the list as one of the best house plants for those reasons.
Here is my Warneckii story...another reason for putting Dracaena Warneckii on the best houseplants list. One new account I serviced a number of years ago had a Dracaena Warneckii in an out of the way office. I missed this plant..OOPS!...for over 3 months and, although it had a number of dried up leaves on it, it was still alive and growing! I don't recommend this, just a point about plant perseverance!
Produced in a variety of forms, Dracaena Warneckii is grown as a tip, bush, staggered, character and cane. Dracaenas can be anywhere from one foot tall to twenty feet tall or more. It is unusual to find them at that height except in interior landscapes or in nature.
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Warneckii does best in a good light situation. Most Dracaenas do well under artificial lighting. Keep Dracaena Warneckii in bright, filtered light if available. Direct afternoon sun is not recommended as it can burn the foliage. Bright light is preferred and some morning sun will help keep your Dracaena looking good.
Most Dracaenas can be maintained in lower lighting with reduced watering and Warneckii is one house plant that will tolerate lower light levels. It is prone to root rot if overwatered in lower light. For more information on proper watering of your Dracaena Warneckii, see below and check out the page on general watering practices.
Watering Warneckii - In lower to medium light, water when potting soil has 3/4 of the depth of the pot. In bright light, allow Dracaena Warneckii to dry 1/2 of the way down and then water thoroughly. Please see watering indoor plants and information on importance of light for your house plants as these two things will most impact your plants health.
Despite my story about not watering a Dracaena Warneckii for three months, I do not recommend this. Dracaena can be let to go almost all the way dry but you also risk damaging the foliage by leaving your plant too dry. You may find bumpy, yellow spots or blotches on your Warneckii's lower foliage when it has been allowed to dry too much.
A few notes about Warneckii. It is best placed in a low traffic location. The foliage of Dracaena Warneckii is much more easily damaged than other Dracaenas. Handle with care. Dracaena Warneckii is also prone to damage from excess soluble salts (fertilizers) and flouride (often found in your water). This can cause yellow blotches, brown tips and leaf margins. This is often made worse by allowing plant to dry too much. Leach plant occassionally and replace soil with fresh media to help alleviate the problem. Dracaena Warneckii can also have root and stem rot problems if kept too wet in low light.
Remove lower leaves as they yellow and trim brown tips to the original leaf shape using sharp clean scissors. It is normal for a new plant to shed its old foliage when it is moved to a new and different environment, so expect new additions to your plant family. Warneckii will lose some of its inner and lower leaves as time goes by.
Trim the leaf edges as needed but once you have lost more than half of the leaf it is best to remove it entirely. This will help encourage new vibrant growth for a great looking plant. Given the proper care, it should acclimate and become a beautiful, trouble free plant.
Keep your Warneckii's foliage clean and initially keep an eye out for insect problems. Mites, mealybug, thrips and scale can sometimes be a problem but Warneckii is, for the most part, not prone to many insect problems. Mealybugs are the most likely problem. A good wash down with soapy water should be sufficient to control any pests. If you do notice insects, be sure to address immediately to prevent population growth.
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