Dracaena Rikki (Dracaena deremenis “Rikki”) also know as Corn Plant is a relatively new type of dracaena recognized by arching, deep green leaves, each marked with a yellow stripe running lengthwise down the center of the leaves. Dracaena “Rikki” is a fast-growing plant that reaches heights of 8 to 12 feet at maturity.
Dracaena “Rikki” prefers a shaded area or dark corner of the garden, as low light brings out the bright colors of the leaves. Too much intense sunlight may result in leaves with a scorched, dry, streaky appearance. Water the plant deeply to saturate the root zone, and then allow the top of the soil to dry slightly before watering again, as soggy soil smothers the roots and causes rot. Similarly, don’t allow the soil to become completely dry, as water stress may cause the leaves to discolor, wilt and drop from the plant.
To water dracaena, water the plant deeply and then allow the soil to drain thoroughly. Allow the top 2 inches of potting mixture to dry before the next watering. Dracaena “Rikki” benefits from a monthly feeding during spring and summer, using a standard liquid fertilizer for indoor plants. No fertilizer is advised during fall and winter, which is the plant’s dormant season. Dracaena is touchy about fluoride in the water. To prevent damage caused by high levels of fluoride, water the plant with bottled or distilled water.