An attractive plant with broad, cream and green variegated leaves. It must be provided with a fair level of humidity, otherwise the lower leaves will be shed quite freely, making it look rather absurd. In this respect, the species differs from other Dracaena, in which leaf loss can actually improve the appearance. If it does shed its leaves, the stem can be trimmed back to encourage the production ofside shoots. However, this plant looks better when the stem is allowed to grow unimpeded. Provide the plant with a stake to encourage erect growth. Take care not to over-water the compost as this can cause premature yellowing of the leaves.

Plant type : Ornamental foliage plant with erect habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 60-90cm (12—36in)
Flower : None usually as houseplant
Leaf : 7.5-15cm (3—6in) long, 2.5cm (1 in) wide, green with cream border
Temperature : 18-21°C (64-70°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation, out of direct sunlight
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, taking care not to over-water, and allowing to get on the dry side before re-watering; keep on drier side in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks with houseplant fertilizer 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 in late spring to early summer at 24°C (75°F)
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Red spider mite, mealy bug, root mealy bug, premature leaf yellowing when too wet
Availability : Commonly available throughout year
Uses indoors : Useful for limited life in bowl or trough; or as floor standing specimen plant in lounge, dining room or bedroom; good for mixed planting in office