Dracaena Compacta
Plant Care,  Propagation,  Succulents and Cacti

Dracaena Compacta (Dracaena Janet Craig)

Welcome to our guide to the Dracaena Compacta all to you need to know about care and propagation

Dracaena Compacta Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check soil weekly, only water if dry all the way down.
Fertilizer:A well balanced feed monthly in spring and summer.
Soil:40% perlite, 60% potting compost
Temperature:16-26°C (61-79°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Dracaena compacta, dracaena Janet Craig, compacta Janet Craig.
Common issues:Over watering.


The Dracaena Compacta aka the Dracaena Janet Craig is know for it’s tall think stalks with small bushy growths.

See also: Succulent Soil, Coral Cactus, Blue Torch Cactus, African Milk Tree, Haworthiopsis Fasciata, Snake Plant Care.

Light Needs

Medium light is ideal. They are ok in the middle of a bright room, back from the window.

How Often To Water

Check the soil each week but only water it if the majority of the soil is already dry from the time before.


They’ll be fine without feed but you can give them a well dilute balanced feed in the summer months if you like.


Use a really well draining soil, 40% perlite to 60% potting compost will do well.

For more on which cactus and succulent compost to buy or how to make you own, see our guide: Succulent Soil.

When to Repot

Check them each year and pot them up if the roots are getting crowded.


40-50% humidity is ideal, they will tolerate a bit higher and lower too.


The range 16-26°C (61-79°F) is ideal in the daytime, and down to 10°C (50°F) at night.

How to Propagate Dracaena Compacta

You can easily propagate Dracaena Compacta by taking a cutting f the end of a stem with leaves on it, then rooting it in water for a couple of months. Then it can be potted up in a well draining soil.

Why Is My Dracaena Compacta Turning Yellow?

Yellow leaves occur when the plant get too much or too little water. Make sure you’re watering it well, it need to be well draining but kept slight damp.

Is Dracaena Compacta Poisonous To Cats?

It is toxic to cat and dogs if ingested, seek vets advice if your pet has eaten it.

Other Names

Dracaena compacta, dracaena Janet Craig, compacta Janet Craig

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Over watering is a common issue, which can lead to root rot, yellowing leaves and even killing the plant, so make sure you don’t over do it.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Succulent Soil, Coral Cactus, Blue Torch Cactus, African Milk Tree, Haworthiopsis Fasciata, Snake Plant Care.

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