Janet Craig Compacta

Dracaena compacta

Dracaena compacta, commonly known as Janet Craig Compacta, is a small evergreen plant native to Southeast Africa and is a dwarf species within the Dracaena genus. Janet Craig is a slow growing plant with tightly compacted dark green leaves which spread to form rosettes around its thick cane. This plant can tolerate bright filtered sunlight but does best in low lit areas, making it a popular plant choice for office spaces.


Preferring a shaded environment, the Janet Craig’s soil should dry before being watered and will only need a frequent schedule if placed in a brighter area where more evaporation will occur. Water with filtered water to avoid leaf damage as Dracaenas are sensitive to the fluoride found in tap water. Humid areas like the kitchen or bathroom are other popular spots to place this compact plant and a regular dusting of the leaves is recommended to keep their beautiful dark green shine. The slow growing nature of this plant makes it a light feeder but also means that symptoms of root rot can appear weeks after the damage was done. Janet Craig is a great choice for beginner plant parents and those who don’t get as much bright light in their homes.

Care Tips

Dracaena compacta

Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall.


The JCC thrives in medium indirect light, but also tolerates low light and florescent lights. This slow growing plant's leaves can burn in direct sun, so be mindful of placement in the home.


We suggest watering the JCC once every 10 days, allowing soil to drain and dry. The JCC can tolerate a few missed waterings however is less tolerant to over watering as it leads to potential root rot.


Similar to humans, plants including the JCC prefer temperatures of 65⁰ to 85⁰.


A very light feeder, apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.

Fun Facts

  1. NASA published a famous study in 1989 on the air purification abilities of houseplants. Dracaena varieties were among the top performers.
  2. JCC is a true dwarf plant. Its slow growing, full foliage makes it a popular table top plant, but can also be potted in a large container with several others for a bigger statement.
  3. The deep emerald color of the JCC will hold in low light conditions whereas majority of foliage plants will lose their strong pigmentation in similar conditions.
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