An excellent plant for a lounge, dining room, or wherever it can be showed off to good effect, this Dracaena provides many years of pleasure. The plant can grow to quite a size so is best displayed at floor level. As it gets older, the leaf edges and tips turn brown and the lower leaves are shed, but the palm-like appearance that results is not displeasing. If, however, this is not to your taste, try cutting the plant back to encourage it to break into leaf further down the stem. The material that is pruned off is useful for propagation. Damaged or dead leaves can be trimmed back with a sharp pair ofscissors, taking care to leave a small area of dead tissue, or removed altogether at the base of the leaf with a sharp knife.

Plant type : Ornamental foliage plant with erect habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 150-250cm (59-98in)
Flower : Rarely produced indoors, in spring/summer
Leaf : 30-45cm (12—18in) long, 5cm (2in) wide, green and white striped
Temperature : 18—21 °C (64-70°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation out of direct sunlight
Humidity : Moderate
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry a little before re-watering; keep on drier side in autumn and winter
Feeding : Houseplant fertilizer once every two to four weeks in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 10-15cm (4—6in) tip cuttings or 5-7.5cm (2—3in) stem cuttings in seed and cutting compost from late spring to summer at 24°C (75°F)
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Mealy bug, root mealy bug
Availability : Occasionally available throughout year
Uses indoors : Good specimen plant to be grown at floor level in lounge, dining room, bedroom or office
Other varieties : D. fragrarts- broader, variegated foliage