How to Care for a Lemon Lime Plant

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The 'Lemon Lime' Dracaena plant, also known as warneckii draceana and dracaena deremensis, is a low-light houseplant the boasts beautiful yellow and green striped leaves. Though showy, this lucky bamboo relative requires very little care to maintain its attractive appearance. Whether you're looking to brighten up your office cubicle or work on your green thumb, a Lemon Lime Dracaena plant is an easy-care houseplant that can provide years of enjoyment.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Growing medium
  • Watering can
  • Spray bottle
  • Balanced fertilizer
Lemon Lime Dracaenas are easy to care for.
Lemon Lime Dracaenas are easy to care for. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Fill a 6-to-8 inch growing container equipped with drainage holes with Hawaiian lava rock growing medium. Alternately, make your own growing medium by blending equal parts peat moss, loam and perlite. Plant your Lemon Lime Dracaena at the same depth of its original growing container.

A baby plant in its new pot.
A baby plant in its new pot. (Image: NinaMalyna/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Position the Lemon Lime Dracaena plant 4 to 8 feet away from a window that will provide it with at least four hours of bright, indirect sunlight each day.

These plants are thriving near the window.
These plants are thriving near the window. (Image: Arpad Nagy-Bagoly/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 3

Water the plant with a watering can directed to the stem when the top inch of soil in the growing container is dry to the touch.

Use a watering can to help distribute water evenly.
Use a watering can to help distribute water evenly. (Image: mornay/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 4

Mist the leaves of your Lemon Lime Dracaena plant with water from a spray bottle at least every other day to maintain a healthy level of humidity around the plant.

Demonstrated on a fern, mist your Lemon Lime Dracaena.
Demonstrated on a fern, mist your Lemon Lime Dracaena. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Fertilize your Lemon Lime Dracaena plant once a month with a balanced fertilizer like Blooms Plus, Miracle Grow or Grow More. Apply the fertilizer to your Lemon Lime Dracaena plant according to package directions. Allow your plant to rest over the winter and resume monthly fertilization in the spring.

Choose your fertilizer carefully.
Choose your fertilizer carefully. (Image: Mike Watson Images/moodboard/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Remove discolored, diseased or dead leaves from your Lime Lime Dracaena plant, as needed, to maintain its appearance.
  • When misting your plant, do not allow the leaves to remain wet for more than 10 hours at a time. If the leaves of your Lemon Lime Dracaena are still wet after 10 hours, pat them dry with a soft cloth to reduce the risk of fungal disease.
  • The roots of your Lemon Lime Dracaena plant will rot if allowed to stand in water. Always make sure that your growing container allows for adequate soil drainage.

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