Dracaena deremensis Warneckei Houseplant

10 Tips on How to Care for your Dracaena Warneckii

Dracaena “Warneckii” (Dracaena deremensis “Warneckii”) is an easy-to-grow houseplant with beautiful glossy leaves.

If you are looking for an air purifying plant, Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ is a good choice since it is one of the most effective houseplants for cleaning the air.

Do know that your Dracaena Warneckii plant is toxic to pets and humans so keep it away from your children and pets. Here are tips on how to care for your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ indoors.

Dracaena deremensis Warneckei Houseplant
Dracaena deremensis “Warneckei” Houseplant

10 Tips on How to Take Care of Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’

1. Your Dracaena Warneckii can Tolerate Low Light. 

Dracaena “Warneckii” will grow best in bright, filtered light. It does well in an East facing window with a half day of morning sun.

Avoid direct sunlight, it will burn the leaves of your Dracaena Warneckii. It will also thrive in a north-facing window since your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ can tolerate low light. 

2. Moderate Water is Best for Your Dracaena Warneckii

Your Dracaena ‘Warneckei’ has moderate water requirements. Water your Dracaena Warneckii when the soil feels dry.

The best way to tell when it is time to water your Dracaena Warneckei is to feel the soil. Stick your finger in the soil 1 inch deep. If it feels dry, it’s time to water your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’.

3. Get the Soil Right for Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’

Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ needs a well-draining, organic all-purpose potting mix. 

4. Fertilize Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’

Your Dracaena Warneckii should be fertilized twice a year- once during early Spring and once in June. 

5. Don’t forget to Repot Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’

Repot your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ when it outgrows its current pot.

Repot your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ in a container with a diameter 2 inches larger than the current pot. Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ is a slow-growing plant so don’t plant it in a container that is too big.

6. Drainage is Essential for Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’

Good drainage is important, you don’t want your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ to sit in soggy soil. Make sure there are drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.

After watering your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ and you see water draining out of the pot’s drainage holes, make sure you empty out the accumulated water in the saucer. Don’t let your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’s pot sit in this puddle of water. It will cause root rot!

7. Get the Temperature Right for Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’

Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ needs to have a daytime temperature of 65F to 75 Fahrenheit (18-24C). The nighttime temperature should be at 55-65 Fahrenheit (13-18 C).

8. Keep Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ Dust Free

Dust accumulates on your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ leaves over time. The layer of dust decreases the plant’s ability to photosynthesize.

Periodically wiping down the leaves of your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ with a damp cloth will help keep your plant healthy. You can also use a duster or dry duster cloth to wipe off the layer of dust on the leaves.

Avoid using leaf-polishing chemicals on your Dracaena Warneckii.

9. Humidity is Vital for Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ 

Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ is a houseplant that does well in regular indoor humidity. However, it will grow best when it is in a moderately humid setting. You should increase indoor humidity. Mist your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ twice a week.

Another way to increase humidity is to keep your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ in a saucer filled with water. But make sure the pot is elevated with pot feet or pebbles so your Dracaena ‘Warneckei’ is not sitting directly on the water. 

10. Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ is an Air Purifying Plant

Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ is an air purifying plant. Similar to other Dracaena plants, it will clean the air by removing air pollutants such as trichloroethylene (TCE), Formaldehyde, and Benzene.

In a NASA research study, Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ is effective in removing trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and formaldehyde. In fact, the NASA research study showed that Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ effectively removed 50% of formaldehyde in the air, 52% of benzene in the air and 10% of trichloroethylene in the air.

3 Common Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ Problems

The common problems for Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ are root rot, brown leaf tips, and spider mites.

Why are there Yellow and Brown Spots with Spider-Like Webs on the Leaves and Stems of your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’?

Problem: There are yellow and brown spots on the leaves of your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’. You also see spider web-like webbing on the leaves and stems. 

Cause: The spider webbing and yellow and brown spots are signs of spider mites attacking your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’. Spider mites are tiny pests that are too small to see with your bare eyes.

Solution: To treat spider mites on your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’, spray off the leaves with water from a garden hose. The force will cause the little spider mites to wash off the leaves.

You can also wash mites off with soapy water or rubbing alcohol. There are also horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps that you can use to kill off spider mites.

Check out our article on how to make your own homemade pesticides using baby shampoo: How to Make Horticultural Oil and How to Make Insecticidal Soap

Why Does your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ Look Wilted even if the Soil is Wet?

Problem: Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ looks wilted even if the soil is wet. Check for root rot by pulling the plant out and examining the roots. If the roots of your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ plant look mushy (healthy roots are firm) and the roots are gray to black in color, these are telltale signs of root rot. 

Cause: Root rot is caused by fungus and is a serious problem for your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’. Root rot is a result of wet soil due to overwatering or poor drainage. 

Solution: When your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ is afflicted with root rot the chance of survival is slim. Your best course of action is to throw your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ out and start over with a new plant. This time don’t overwater your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ and make sure there is good drainage in the pot.

Why are the Tip of Leaves of Your Dracaena Warneckii are Turning Brown?

Problem: The tips of the leaves of your Dracaena “Warneckii” plant are turning brown. 

Cause: When the tips of the leaves of your Dracaena “Warneckii” turn brown that is a result of not enough water or humidity. The tips of the leaves are turning brown because they are dying.

Solution: Water your Dracaena “Warneckii” and increase humidity by watering your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’. Another reason for the brown leaf tips is the tap water you use may have too many chemicals. Try watering with distilled water or rainwater to see if that resolves the issue.

Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ Houseplant Facts

NameDracaena ‘Warneckii’
Scientific NameDracaena deremensis “Warneckii”
LightBright Indirect Light. Can Tolerate Low Light.
Daytime Temperature65 to 75F (18-24C)
Night Time Temperature55-65F (13-18C)
WaterModerate Water
HumidityModerate Humidity
PottingWell-draining, organic, all-purpose potting mix
FertilizerApply once during early Spring and apply once in June.
Air Purifying Plant Removes trichloroethylene (TCE), Formaldehyde, and Benzene.
Toxic to Pets and HumansToxic
Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ Houseplant Facts

Dracaena ‘Warneckii’: Frequently Asked Questions

Is Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ Toxic to Pets?

Dracaena ‘Warneckii’s are toxic to humans and pets (source: ASPCA). Don’t let children or pets chew on the leaves of the Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ plant because it contains saponins.

Saponins have been used as fish poison! It can cause vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. It will cause dilated pupils in cats.

If you see any of these symptoms and suspect ingestion of any plant parts of Dracaena ‘Warneckii’, call poison control immediately! Also, call your doctor or vet once you start seeing adverse reactions in children and pets. 

How Can You Tell When It’s Time to Water Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’?

Water your Dracaena Warneckii when the soil feels dry. The best way to tell when it’s time to water is by sticking your finger into the soil. Stick your finger in the soil 1 inch deep. If the soil feels dry, then it’s time to water your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’. 

Can You Use Cold Water When Watering Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’?

Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ can be watered with tap water but be mindful of the water temperature that you are using to water your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’. Don’t use straight cold water from the tap to water your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’. Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ prefers cool water that is not hot and not cold.

When you turn on the cold water from the faucet add a little bit of warm water. You can also get to this ideal temperature by filling a watering can or pitcher with water and leaving it out overnight until the water is at room temperature.

Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ can be sensitive to the minerals in tap water, so if you see brown tips on its leaves, you may need to switch to watering your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ with distilled water or rainwater.

What Fertilizer Should You Use for Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’?

Use liquid or powder, organic fertilizer with a higher ratio of nitrogen on your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’.

How Do You Propagate Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’?

Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ is easy to propagate. You can propagate your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ by stem tip cutting.

Below are steps on how to propagate Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ by stem tip cutting:

1. Take a Stem Tip Cutting of Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ (include a node)

Pick a stem with a node. Cut below the node.

2. Place Your Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ Stem in a Jar of Water

Place the Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ stem into a jar of water and wait for it to grow roots. To help it focus its energy on growing roots, make sure your stem has a maximum of 2 leaves. Cut off extra leaves as needed.

Another way to stimulate root growth is to dip your stem cutting in root hormone and plant it in moist sand. I personally prefer the jar method so you can easily see the roots come out. Know that not all stem cuttings of Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ will grow roots, so to be safe, cut a few stem cuttings so you will at least get one with roots.

3. Plant Stem Cutting in New Pot

Once the roots grow, plant these stem cuttings into a new pot. Water the new plant immediately after planting. Then water every 2-3 days until the roots are established.

4. Place New Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ in a Spot with Bright Indirect Sun

Place your new Dracaena ‘Warneckii’ plant in a spot with bright indirect sunlight. Don’t put it in direct sunlight.

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