Meet The Family: Dracaena Lemon Lime – Striving On Neglect

In the post about my Calathea Musaica I mentioned that on the first weekend in January I did some major plant shopping. I brought home a total of seven new plants and my Dracaena Lemon Lime is one of them. I saw her for the first time at Deep Route Gardening in Cork back in the beginning of December and immediately thought she was the cutest and smallest plant ever. When she was still there in January I bought her because she was so tiny and her leaves were amazing.

With my “Meet The Family” series of posts I will be introducing you to my plants and tell you a little bit more about the story behind each plant. I will also attempt to share more about my plant care, and how the plant responds to the conditions in our apartment.

Now this plant is not on the list of my favourites, but she is starting to win me over as one of my easiest plants to care for. She is a bit of a loner and with my limited care and almost no natural light managed to grow quite a lot. When I first got her she was in a 5 or 6 cm pot and at the beginning of Spring I had to replant her into a 9 cm as she grew out of her drainage holes.

When I brought her home I kept her in the bookshelf in our hallway that gets almost no natural light and I kept thinking it’s not fair towards her and that it might kill her. I kept an eye on her and she seemed to do fine. Her pot was very small and had adequate drainage so she couldn’t be overwatered. After repotting her I moved her to my new kitchen plant shelf (more on that later). It is near a North facing window so the lighting conditions are better and I am hopeful she will continue to grow. She is in a well draining soil mix and I still water sparingly by letting her dry out in between watering.

This Dracaena Lemon Lime is one of the most neglected and forgiving plants I have and that has earned her a spot on my least fussy plant list.

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