Dracaena [dra-SEE-nah] lemon lime belongs to Asparagaceae (the asparagus plant family) and is native to tropical Africa.
One of the select types of Dracaena the lemon lime plant has stunning broad leaves with lemony green edges – hence the name, Lemon lime Dracaena.
It is an easy-to-care houseplant and is cultivated throughout Asia and America.
The botanical name of this beautiful indoor plant is Dracaena deremensis [dra-SEE-nah, dair-rem-MEN-sis] and has a few common names as follows:
- Dragon Blood Tree
- Dragon Tree
- Lemon Lime
- Lemon Lime Warneckii
- Warnecki Lemon Lime
Dracaena Lemon Lime Care
Size and Growth
The lemon lime is a medium-sized corn plant, growing up to 4’ to 6’ feet tall.
However, this easy-care houseplant is capable of growing above 20’ feet tall.
The plant is characterized by prominent corn-like green leaves, usually 2’ feet long.
As the plant grows, it loses its initial leaves and forms bright green variegated foliage, similar to cornstalks.
These leaves are vibrant green with white and yellow stripes, usually in the center forming a rosette.
These perennial plants are originally small and thick but they grow up to become quite broad and linear.
Flowering and Fragrance
Dracaena lemon lime plants rarely produce flowers.
However, they may produce small, almost invisible white flowers when given indirect sunlight in summer.
The plant is sometimes referred to as ‘Dracaena fragrans‘, referencing the plants highly fragrant flowers.
Light and Temperature
Lemon lime plant light requirements are simple.
They prefer plenty of bright indirect light to maintain their bright, vibrant color.
Avoid the direct sun at all costs.
Even though the perennial plant may perfectly thrive in low light, it is better to provide it with medium light.
Too much direct sunlight may fade the leaves’ color while too little light may make the leaves thin and wrinkled.
Considering this, it is ideal to provide warm temperatures between 70° to 75° degrees Fahrenheit (21° – 24° C).
The plant may also survive at 53° degrees Fahrenheit (12° C), at a minimum, for a short amount of time.
The USDA hardiness zone of this plant is 10 to 12.
Watering and Feeding
- Dracaena Lemon Lime plants are generally drought-resistant without strict water requirements.
- They do well with a low to moderate level of watering.
- Water the plant when the soil begins to dry out.
- Avoid overwatering to prevent the leaf tips of the plant from turning harsh resulting in brown leaf.
- Make sure to always use clean water, lacking harmful chemicals like chlorine and fluoride.
- When the plant is actively growing, which is usually in spring and summer, apply a dose of a weak houseplant fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer once or twice a month.
- There is no need for plant food in the months of fall and winter.
Soil and Transplanting
Dracaenas prefer fast-draining soil combined with lava rocks.
Loose, well-aerated soil also works best for this vibrant plant.
The plant should be transplanted in spring or summer when it is actively growing.
For repotting, choose a larger pot and fill it with potting mix.
Make sure it is 2″ inches wider than the current pot and has a proper drainage hole.
Before transplanting, make sure to water the dracaena in its existing pot.
Firmly lift off the soil base using hands.
Separate the root ball from the soil and place it in the center of the pot.
Cover the pot with soil, especially around the root ball.
Gently tap it with a spade or hands to firm the soil.
Next, water the soil until it is moist and the roots are well established.
Grooming and Maintenance
Help dracaenas look fresh and neat by cutting back their lower leaves, which they usually shed as they grow older.
To further keep the dracaenas in the best condition, wipe their leaves with a wet cloth regularly.
This will eliminate unwanted dust and grimes from the plant.
Avoid using a leaf-shine spray on these plants.
If the plant outgrows the space it is placed in, prune a few bare stems and brown tips to give it a tidy look.
Before pruning, sanitize the cutting tool with an ethanol solution, use a solution of Isopropyl.
How to Propagate Dracaena Warneckii Lemon Lime
A dracaena lemon lime plant is usually propagated by stem cutting.
Cut a 4” to 6” inches long node and apply a small amount of rooting hormone on it.
Plant the cutting in a large pot of well-drained potting soil.
Cover the pot with plastic for a few days, making sure the soil is moist all the while.
After a few weeks, new roots will spring up from your new plant.
Dracaena Warneckii Lemon Lime Pests and Diseases
These indoor house plants get damaged when exposed to spider mites and mealybugs.
Diseases like fluoride toxicity and leaf spots make the fresh, vibrant leaves of the plant dull and dark, stained with yellow, brown spots.
Dracaena Lemon Lime Uses
According to NASA, dracaena plants play a vital role in air purification.
The NASA Clean Air Plant Study indicated the plant aided the removal of indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
This plant is perfect for someone who may be gone long periods of time and just wants to add some greenery to their environment.