Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dracaena in bloom

Dracaena deremensis is a very popular (generally boring) houseplant.  There are several of them growing in my office building.  They are easy to care for and have nice shiny, dark green leaves.  I bought a Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig' sometime over the last year or two - mainly because I felt sorry for it and it just cost $1 because it had been neglected and they had so many of them at Lowe's.

Dracaena deremensis bloom stalk - Yes, I know there is too much in the picture to easily process. But focus on just the dark green leaved plant with the stalk shooting straight up in the middle of the picture.
I sat it on the floor of the greenhouse and just left it alone.  It got tipped over several times this winter and lost quite a bit of dirt, but I didn't bother repotting it since I was busy doing other things and it wasn't really a valuable plant to me.  But now it's showing off!

Dracaena deremensis blooms

The blooms aren't super interesting, but there they are!  Now, I just wonder what this stalk will do after the blooms have finished...  Anyone know?


  1. I suspect the growing tip dies. That's what's supposed to happen with D. fragrans, anyway. The plant should produce a new growing tip (maybe more than one) to replace the lost one, though. That's based on hearsay, so do a follow-up about this once it becomes clear what's going on, 'cause I'd really like to know for sure.

  2. Oh, this is nice. I didn't even knew they bloomed.

  3. It will do the same thing as Yuccas would, the stem slowly dies and it branches.

  4. Boring? Hell no! Just wait till they open. I think they're gorgeous.

    My D. fragans has bloomed twice. Both times, the growth tip technically ended, but another one popped up right next to it so close you'd never even notice.

    Here's the story, with photos of the blooms: http://plantgasm.com/archives/3497

    Congrats! Deacaena blooms are rare. Your plant must be happy!