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Dracaena Limelight

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Dracaena Limelight


Dracaena fragrans, commonly known as corn plant, is a popular, durable, easy-to-grow indoor houseplant that is native to tropical Africa. Although it may soar to 20’ tall or more in its native habitat, it more often is seen in the 4-6’ tall range as a container plant in the U.S.. Rosettes of evergreen, parallel-veined, sword-shaped, bright green leaves typically grow to 2’ long and 3” wide indoors in containers, but may reach 3’ long in outdoor locations. Over time, plants lose their lower leaves revealing bare stems. Fragrant, tiny, white-yellow flowers in round heads appear in terminal panicles. Flowers may be followed by red berries. Flowers and berries rarely appear on indoor plants, however.


TOXICITY: Dracaena Limelight leaves are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.

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LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Your Dracaena Limelight will flourish in low to indirect bright light. In fact, the lower light helps maintain the dramatic lime coloring. When it resides in bright indirect light, the leaves will be a bit lighter in color. Bleached leaves indicate the plant is getting too much light.

WATER REQUIREMENTS: Overwatering causes root rot and is the main reason a Dracaena Limelight plant dies. Water your Limelight well and allow the top half of the soil to dry before watering again. Brown tips on the leaves can indicate overwatering, while numerous yellow leaves mean the plant needs more water.

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE: Your Dracaena Limelight will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE: Your Dracaena likes comfortable room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

PLANT FOOD: The Dracaena Limelight is slow-growing and does not need much fertilizer. Feed once a month in the spring and summer with a water-soluble, well-balanced plant food at half the recommended strength. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows. Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any fertilizer.

ADDITIONAL CARE: If your Dracaena Limelight becomes too tall, you can prune the top off. Simply cut off the top with a pair of sharp pruning shears or scissors.