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Name: Vannessa Trevino
La Joya, TX (Zone 9b)
Jan 25, 2016 8:04 PM CST
I've had my Dracaena Janet Craig for the past 3 months and it doesn't seem to be growing at all. On the contrary, I think I may be over watering it or not giving it sufficient/giving it too much light because I keep getting brown and yellow leaf tips and edges. I saw on YouTube that you can snip those pieces off and it'll be good as new, however that's only the case for a few days. I'm a beginner with plants. How can I ensure my Janet Craig will grow and be healthy? Any soil type advice?
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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Jan 26, 2016 11:11 AM CST
Hi Spidergirl, Welcome to All Things Plants!

Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans 'Janet Craig Compacta') is a slow grower. Winter is the time of year when most plants are resting so I doubt you will see much new growth on your plant until spring. Dracaena's have lower water requirements than many other indoor plants and they do not tolerate soil that stays extremely wet. Your leaf issues might be due to over-watering but brown tips can also be caused by salt build up in the soil. Here is an article on the subject of brown leaf tips that was written by one of our members here on All Things Plants: And, a couple of other links for further reading that might be helpful:
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Name: tarev
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Jan 26, 2016 11:40 AM CST
Agree with Lin. At this time of the year, they are on a slow down.

Oftentimes with my indoor tropical plants, seeing brown tips tells me either I am over or underwatering. So I have to adjust my watering style. But I try to wait for Spring before I do any repot, by that time, the plants are getting back to their usual growing vigor, temps getting more stable and light is getting longer. Dracaenas are not too choosy with soil, any good potting soil will work. I always add just a bit more perlite or pumice into the new media, to keep the media open. In containers, soil gets too compacted in time, so the roots suffer. Salt content in our tap water will also accumulate, hence the need to do a good flush of the soil, but wait for warmer temps to do this outdoors.
Name: Vannessa Trevino
La Joya, TX (Zone 9b)
Jan 26, 2016 12:49 PM CST
Thank you so much Lin and Tarev! I'll definitely stop watering it so much and wait until the springtime until I repot it. Hopefully I'll get the hang of this plant business.

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