Dracaena Deremensis | Lemon Lime Plant

The Dracaena Deremensis, otherwise known as the Lemon Lime plant is characterized by its green and white sword-like leaves. This plant originated in Africa.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Dracaena Deremensis

Nicknames: Lemon Lime plant

Origin: Africa

Size: The size of Dracaena Deremensis varies from 1 to 2 feet

Plant Care

Lighting: The lemon lime plant can adapt to low light conditions, though it does better in medium to bright indirect light.

Watering: Allow the top half of the soil to dry between watering. Leaf tips will brown if the soil becomes too moist or too dry.

Fertilizing: Fertilize plant every month, spring and summer, with a liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Temperature: Keep the lemon lime plant between  70°-75° F

Humidity: Dracaena Deremensis prefers high humidity, but does fine in average household humidities.

Soil: This plant does best in fast draining, well-aerated loose soil. Lava rocks can also be mixed in.

Pruning: Remove browning leaf tips using a pair of wet scissors. Stalks can be trimmed at any point and new growth will develop below the cut.

Propagation: Use stem cuttings.

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust and anything else from leaves to help avoid potential problems. 


  • Spider mites
  • Mealybugs


  • Fluoride toxicity
  • Fusarium Leaf Spot Disease

Poison Information: The Lemon Lime plant is considered poisonous to household pets.

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Houseplant Poison Levels

Each houseplant falls on a toxicity spectrum. Below are 4 levels of toxicity or poisonous levels. These levels are general guidelines. If you are concerned for any reason call poison control.

Non-Toxic Plants

These are plants that are not poisonous or toxic. Despite not being toxic, there is always a risk for allergic reactions to any plant.

Examples: Grape Ivy, China Doll, Baby’s Tears, Bird’s Nest Ferns, Cast Iron Plant, Money Tree, Lucky Bamboo, Phoenix Roebelenii, Lady Palms, Fittonia, Hypoestes, Prayer plant, Rabbit’s Foot Fern, Calatheas, Yucca

Level 1

Poison level 1 plants are considered to have low toxicity. These plants are generally not poisonous, though there is always a risk for allergic reaction to any plant.

Examples: Ficus LyrataAloe Vera Plant, Peperomia, Ctenanthe, Dracaena Warneki, Homalomena, Ficus Benjamina, Tradescantia Albiflora, Schefflera Actinophylla, Rubber Tree , Philodendron Xanadu , Snake Plant

Level 2

Poison level 2 plants have mild to severe toxicity.  These plants should avoid being eaten as side effects may be experienced.

Examples: Monstera DeliciosaEpipremnum Aureum (Pothos), Ficus Alii, Arrowhead plants, Dracaena Marginatas, Agave plants, Fishtail Palm, Cordyline Terminalis, Peace Lily plants, Chinese Evergreen, Aralias

Level 3

Poison level 3 plants are very toxic. These plants should avoid being eaten as side effects may be experienced.

Examples: Philodendron Selloum, Moses in the Cradle, Caladiums, Croton, English Ivy 

Level 4

Poison level 4 plants are extremely toxic. These plants should not be eaten as side effects may be experienced and this may be life-threatening.

Examples: Alocasia AmazonicaAlocasia Macrorrhiza, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, Sago Palm, Dieffenbachias, Pencil Cactus,