Dracaena warneckii “Limelight” is a natural branch mutation of the original Dracaena deremensis plant species. Researchers discovered how to duplicate the mutation, creating a new plant type. Patented in 2002, Limelight has become a popular houseplant. Characterized by bright lime-green leaves, this plant can become a hardy member of your household with proper care techniques.
Potting, Lighting and Fertilizing
Dracaena warneckii "Limelight" is most suitable as a houseplant in the United States. The Limelight plant requires temperatures above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Re-pot your plant shortly after purchase. Use a standard potting soil and a clay or ceramic pot, which will drain well and provide a good root environment for the plant.
The Limelight plant does best in a medium or low light location. Do not set the plant in direct light; this might increase its temperature, causing leaf bleaching. This plant does not require the use of a fertilizer and flourishes in dim environments where most plants would not, due to its origins in rain forests where it receives filtered sunlight and competes with larger plants for soil nutrients.
Watering and Leaf Care
The Limelight is a tropical plant that requires certain watering conditions. This plant does not do well with over- or under-watering. Water at least every two days, or if the soil appears to be dry 1/2 inch below the soil surface. Position the water near the stalks, because roots remain close to the stalks.
Leaf care is an important aspect of growing any variety of Dracaena. These plants are known to collect dust on their leaves, so wipe the leaves down with a damp cotton washcloth regularly. Dust buildup can prevent photosynthesis and weaken the plant. Every three or four days, mist the canopy of your Limelight plant. This will provide it with some humidity and keep the leaves healthy.
Plants of the Dracaena family are often referred to as air-cleaning plants. According to the University of Minnesota Extension Service, studies done by NASA researchers and others have found that several Dracaena varieties help to remove toxins including formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from the air. Because these plants receive only filtered sunlight in their original rain forest environment, they may have evolved methods of heightened photosynthesis that process airborne gases and pollutants. This makes them, and some other popular houseplants, suitable for air filtration.