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Janet Craig

(8 customer reviews)


Who is Janet Craig?  No, she’s not a character in an Ayn Rand novel, but it is the name of one of the most widely utilized plants cultivated for indoor use.  A native of Africa, the Janet Craig, sometimes shortened in the biz to “JC”, is another versatile member of the Dracanea genus (Dracaena deremensis, to be specific), and, like its close relatives the Lisa Cane, Reflexa, and Marginata, it can thrive in inside with very little care and can be sustained in the lowest of indoor light.  With its long and wide strap-like leaves, the Janet Craig can improve the look (and air quality) in practically any room.

We are offering the JC in various pot sizes and in both ‘bush’ and ‘cane’ form, where the bush is shorter and fuller, and the cane taller and more slender.  The classic green-leaf cultivar is offered, along side its variegated relatives – the JC Carmen and Lime Light.

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Read below for more information on caring for your Janet Craig.


The Janet Craig will survive in low light, but thrives in moderate- and high-light spaces.  If you can get it in good light, you can get it and (nearly) forget it.  You may also want to check out the Janet Craig Limelight and the Janet Craig Carmen as well. Here are some tips to keep it growing:

Watering – Like other members of the Dracaena family, it prefers its rootzone on the dry side; so make sure the soil dries out between waterings.   See our watering guide for more information.

Light – It’s  a Dracaena, with large green leaves for capturing the slightest bit of light, and likely our most low-light plant offering.  It will, however, do better and last longer with at least moderate light.  If you selected a plant with more variegation, like a Carmen or Lime Light, it will require a little more light than the all-green-leaf Janet Craig, which obviously has a bit more chlorophyll for photosynthesis.  Like other shade-grown foliage plants, do not expose this plant to direct sunlight or it will burn the leaves very quickly.

Nutrition – The Janet Craig will not need to be fed during the first 6 months after it has shipped. During this time, it will use the residual nutrients from nursery production. After 6 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants. Please refer to our nutrient guide for details.

Cleaning – This plant, with its long, strap-like leaves, is easy to clean – that that’s a good thing since those large leaves tend to attract some dust.  Simply wiping the leaves with a wet cloth usually does the trick. For spots where something else (besides dust) has landed on your plant, use a mild soapy solution to wet the cloth; then wipe. This will restore the luster to your plant.

Pruning – Don’t. Unless your plant is not meeting the dimensions of its intended space, you will not need to prune this plant. Older leaves, though, may yellow, and they can be pruned or snapped off. Brown tips can be trimmed off to the contour of the leaf. See our pruning guide for details.

Bugs – The biggest threat for the Janet Craig is Mealybugs and they can be pesky – so, keep it clean.  Look for the little white cottony bugs at the base of the leaves.  If you see them, break out the spray bottle with a light soap solution and spray them daily ’til they’re gone.

Trouble – Aside from the mealybug threat, minor leaf spots and old age will be your biggest worry with the Janet Craig.

  • Leaf spots – Spots on the leaves may be a natural imperfection from production. If your new JC has a few spots, don’t sweat it – it’s Mother Nature’s way of letting you know it’s a real, live plant. Over time, leaf spots, especially on the margins, can develop from a build-up of fluoride in the leaves from water sources treated with fluoride – like almost everywhere that water comes from a treatment plant. If you can water with rain water from your garden, have at it; otherwise, be on the lookout for discolored margins over a very long period of time.  When older leaves become unsightly, just remove them.
  • Yellow and brown leaves – Old leaves may turn yellow and begin to brown. These should be removed.

Additional information

Weight 30 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 13 × 54 in

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8 reviews for Janet Craig

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  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Another absolutely gorgeous plant!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      We appreciate you letting us know that you are happy with your new plant!

  2. Frederick (verified owner)

    The animals at FedEx tossed it upside down and it fell to the bottom and smashed the leave. Hoping it recovers. Rest of order is perfect.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Oh no! I will reach out to you directly to get a photo and see how I can help. This doesn’t happen often and some of the packing should’ve helped but we’d like to see the damage and can file a claim with FedEx if needed. We’re very sorry!

  3. Steven Cotroneo (verified owner)

    Been buying from Plantz for over 2 years and couldn’t be happier with quality of plants and customer service. Sue is the best!!

  4. Blakeney (verified owner)

    If it’s Winter time and you live in a cold area of the country, shipping a plant without harming it can be tricky. But folks at like Sue will work with you to make sure you receive a happy/healthy plant despite the cold weather.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for the nice comments and we know it is hard to wait for Mother Nature to cooperate so we all appreciate your patience in getting this shipped!

  5. Roslyn Jordan (verified owner)

    I’m so grateful to find this plant on your website, I have searched, high and low for this particular plant. End of May, my sister passed away in the hospital, due to COVID-19, hospital prohibits visitors, I guess for safety. But because I was not able to be by my sister side, emotionally, mentally and physically, she died alone, in the hospital. She did not have Coronavirus, she only went in for an infected hendranitis bump under her arm. She was suppose to had came home. Anyhow my mom, whom passed away 6yrs this November, had green thumb for plants, and this particular plant my mom had. As a gift I received that plant from a friend, I just thought it was a sign of life spiritually of my mom and my sister. I dont have a green thumb, like my mom and I called that plant CeeCee my mom and Sister, and it died on me, I was desperate, hurt and tried to save it, no luck. So was grateful to find the perfect exact plant from your site and instruction on better care. Thank you and love the plant

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      We are so sorry for your loss and hope that the plant brings you fond memories of your family when you look at it.

  6. Jie Pan (verified owner)

    lovely plant. Much bigger than I thought.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Thanks for the nice comment!

  7. Ryan W. (verified owner)

    Plant arrived on time and as described. I watch the unpacking video before hand so I did not make a mess as the dirt had shifted significantly during transport

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Ryan – although we put labels on the boxes to keep them ‘this end up’, we are never sure that they remain that way during transit. Thanks for watching the video! We hope your plant is doing well and would love to see a photo!
      Thanks – Sue

  8. Michele H. (verified owner)

    Love this plant! It arrived so lush and extremely well packed. Only issue is the leaning of a few main stalks – 2 out of 3. I tried to put some stakes in to keep them upright, but I’m not sure if that’s the best idea. Seems to be working for now. I have had nothing but good things to say about Plantz, as they really prepare you for how to take care of your plants / trees every step of the way. I have never seen any other business so well done, with the videos and email messages. I will be ordering more in the future. I also recommended Plantz to some friends. Thank you and keep up the good work!

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Michele – It just needs to be straightened out and the soil packed down around it. It probably got loosened up a bit during transit. Please let me know if you need assistance with this.

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