Dracaena (Compacta Green, Baby Doll, Cathartica)

Dracaena Compacta, also known as Compact Dracaena, is a popular houseplant with a compact size and dense, dark green foliage. It features thick, lance-shaped leaves on upright stems, giving it a bushy appearance. This slow-growing plant is ideal for small spaces and tabletop displays. Dracaena Compacta thrives in bright, indirect light and prefers well-draining soil. It requires regular watering, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. With its low maintenance needs and air-purifying properties, Dracaena Compacta is a versatile and attractive choice for indoor environments.

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Dracaena Compacta, also known as Dracaena deremensis ‘Compacta’ or Compact Dracaena, is a popular cultivar of the Dracaena deremensis species. It is favored for its compact size, upright growth habit, and attractive foliage. Here is some detailed information about Dracaena Compacta:

  1. Appearance: Dracaena Compacta features thick, dark green, lance-shaped leaves that grow densely on upright stems. The leaves are typically shorter and wider compared to other Dracaena varieties. The plant has a compact and bushy appearance, making it suitable for small spaces or as a tabletop plant.
  2. Size: Dracaena Compacta usually reaches a height of about 2 to 3 feet (60-90 cm) with a spread of 1 to 2 feet (30-60 cm). It is a slow-growing plant, which contributes to its compact form.
  3. Environmental Requirements: Dracaena Compacta thrives in bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. It prefers temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C) and moderate humidity levels. It is well-suited for indoor environments but can also be grown outdoors in mild climates.
  4. Watering and Soil: Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out between waterings, and then water the plant thoroughly. Dracaena Compacta prefers well-draining soil, so a mixture of potting soil, peat moss, and perlite or sand is recommended.
  5. Maintenance: Dracaena Compacta is relatively low-maintenance. Remove any yellowed or dead leaves regularly to maintain its appearance. Wipe the leaves gently with a damp cloth or mist them to keep them clean and free from dust. Fertilize every two to four weeks during the growing season using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
  6. Air Purification: Like other Dracaena varieties, Dracaena Compacta has air-purifying qualities and can help improve indoor air quality by removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene.
  7. Toxicity: Dracaena Compacta is considered mildly toxic to pets and humans if ingested. It contains saponins, which can cause digestive discomfort. Keep it out of reach of children and pets and seek medical attention if ingestion occurs.

Dracaena Compacta is a versatile and visually appealing plant that can enhance both indoor and outdoor spaces. Its compact size, dense foliage, and low maintenance needs make it a popular choice for various settings, including homes, offices, and public spaces.


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