Dracaena fragrans 'Compacta'

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Dracaena fragrans 'Compacta'

Post Number:#1  Postby Geoff » Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:39 am

aka Dracaena 'Compacta', Dracaena 'Janet Craig', Dracaena deremensis 'Compacta'; Dracaena 'Janet Craig Compacta'... etc. This is a neat, compact form of Dracaena fragrans, a common species used for indoor cultivation since it has such a good tolerance for low light and low humidity, pretty remarkable considering its relatively tropical origins. Dracaena 'Compacta' is an exceptionally good indoor plant as it is quite slow growing and retains a lot of leaves if watered fairly well and misted, giving it a unique, ornamental and long lasting quality, rarely outgrowing its pot or location. It does well as an outdoor plant as well if you happen to live in a humid zone 10a, or any zone 10b or above. I tried this one in zone 9b and it was pretty badly damaged every winter (though survived about 3 winters). It is a bit touchy about being planted in poor soil (clay for example) as it roots when cold and wet in poorly draining soils. Commonly available plant as most garden outlet stores

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Re: Dracaena fragrans 'Compacta'

Post Number:#2  Postby Stan » Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:58 am

I have one well over 20 years old. Maybe pushing 30. It first bloomed at 18years. No scent. Last winter as it is good sized,I kept in on the porch in the warmest bay area winter ever. Survived,but was going backwards by spring. Indoors its one of the easiest plants ever. As with many plants that seem Polynesian - its the warm nights that make them happy,not blazing hot weather.
btw, The top of one old stem snapped off once and I re rooted it in another pot. It bloomed the next year.
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