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Grows best in moderate to low light conditions. We like to rotate this plant forty-five degrees every time we water it to keep the compact growth uniform.
We keep the Janet Craig Compacta on the drier side of the water spectrum. This will protect it from getting root rot which it is prone to do. Browning leaves is an indication that it should be watered more often.
The Janet Craig Compacta is a relatively easy houseplant to care for. This Dracaena is a slow grower and really doesn’t require much fertilizer. It can be fertilized about twice a year with a diluted houseplant fertilizer. The Compacta performs fine in normal household humidity levels. The leaves are compact and can collect a lot of dust which should be wiped down with a damp cloth monthly. As it grows, the lower leaves will naturally brown and fall off. When browning leaves occur they can be pruned off for a cleaner look.
Based on a NASA® study, these are the known contaminants this plant will filter from your home's air.
Benzene is found in plastics, resins, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. Benzene can be found throughout your home and in some household products.
Formaldehyde is found in OSB, plywood, MDF, and particle board. Formaldehyde can be found in furniture like desks, bookshelves, beds, kitchen cabinets, and more.
Trichloroethylene is found in refrigerants, greases, paint removers/strippers, adhesives, spot removers, and rug-cleaning fluids.