Dragon tree - compacta

Botanical name:

Dracaena fragrans ‘Compacta’


A slow-growing lush foliage plant with dense clumps of deep green glossy leaves on thick green stems.


This species of dragon tree is native to southeast Africa and due to its slow growth rate and compact habit it has fast become a very popular option to use in a contemporary setting as a feature plant that won’t outgrow its position very quickly. Most people find the glossy rich green foliage the main appeal and it is a real bonus that it falls into the easy-to-care-for and low-maintenance category as well. Another one of those rewarding plants that don’t ask too much of your time, making it the perfect office, living room, or bedroom plant just to add some greenery to a corner of a room. A great choice for easy care.

Supplied size:

Supplied in a 21cm nursery pot
Plant size of 65cm tall, including the pot, and 30cm wide
Will fit in a pot cover size of 22-24cm wide and 22cm deep. 

Growth habit:

Compact and slender, growing as tall as you allow it.
Stems can be cut back if growing too tall - consult us for advice if you need to. 

Ideal conditions:

Medium to low light conditions. Try to avoid any direct sunlight.

Watering requirements:

Only water them when the top 2-3cm of the soil is dry to the touch. You can water more regularly in the warmer months, but then reduce the watering in the cooler months and allow the plant to dry out a bit before watering again. They tend to prefer distilled water or rainwater as it has fewer chemicals.

Health concerns and benefits:

The sap is toxic for animals, but not considered poisonous for humans. Avoid any ingestion, just to be on the safe side.
It is known for having strong air-purifying abilities by filtering airborne toxins and converting that to oxygen.

Known concerns:

Soft scale and mealybug insect generally evident when there is poor ventilation/air circulation in the room. 
Overwatering can also be an issue, so they prefer to be slightly more on the drier side than damp all the time, especially if the room can be cooler. 

Any questions?

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you would like to explore further options in sizing; would like more advice on the plant or discuss any concerns regarding any issues you are having growing yours.

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