How to Care for a Dracaena Lemon Lime

Use these instructions to care for a Dracaena Lemon Lime indoor plant. This guide will tell you how to water your Dracaena; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS

Your Dracaena Lemon Lime will tolerate low light, but will thrive in medium to bright spots.

WATER REQUIREMENTS

Water your Dracaena when it appears the pot is getting dry, about once every 7-10 days. Watering frequency will depend on the amount of light and humidity around the plant. Water the plant until water flows into the saucer, then pour out any excess.

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE

The humidity for the Dracaena Lemon Lime is just as important as water and light requirements. Simply put, the higher the humidity, the better. Mist your plant a couple of times per week. Brown tips on the plant will signify that the humidity is too low.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE

Your Dracaena prefers temperatures between 60-75 degrees.

PLANT FOOD

The Dracaena does not require much food to keep it healthy—only once every six months should suffice. However, if you want more growth, you can fertilize every other month. A general-purpose houseplant fertilizer will do nicely.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your Dracaena becomes too tall and lanky for its designated area, just prune (cut off) the top off. After pruning, it should resprout and become bushier. Take the pruned top or tip and stick in the soil next to the mother stem and it will take root. In time, you will see another little plant begin to grow!

TOXICITY

Not toxic to humans. Moderately toxic to pets, typically causing mild mouth irritation, stomach indigestion, and possible vomiting.

Dracaena Lemon Surprise

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Characteristics

Species: deremensis ‘Lemon Surprise’

Other Species Names: Corn Plant

Plant Height: 24-36 in.

Spread: 36-48 in.

Evergreen: Yes

Plant Form: Upright

Summer Foliage Color: Green, Chartreuse, White

Minimum Sunlight: Indirect

Maximum Sunlight: Indirect

Ornamental Features

Dracaena Lemon Surprise is a tropical plant with upright canes and dark green, chartreuse, and white leaves, but the leaves have a slight twist or curl, giving this houseplant a little extra interest.

Landscape Attributes

Dracaena Lemon Surprise is a tropical, upright evergreen that adds height and drama to interior plantings. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and requires only occasional pruning to remove old foliage. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration; Insects. Dracaena Lemon Surprise is recommended for interior plantings with moderately bright light where height is required.

Planting & Growing

Dracaena Lemon Surprise grows up to 2-3 feet. It is a strongly upright plant that tends to drop its lower leaves, exposing the stalk as it ages. This plant should be grown in bright indirect sunlight, but is known to tolerate lower light levels. Dracaenas require even moisture, good soil drainage, and cannot tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. NASA studies reveal that Dracaenas absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, as all plants do, but these plants also eliminate significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

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