Dracaena Janet Craig (compacta)
Light: Tolerates low light - grows best in filtered light.
Water: Easy going, but prefers dryer over soggy soil. Allow top few inches of soil to dry out before watering, and don’t let it sit in water.
Air purification: NASA’s 1989 experiment indicated that these are one of the best plants for removing VOCs from the air.
Additional notes: Native to Africa. The JC dracaena is a workhorse. The compacta version is especially durable. It has been around for about 25 years only and has recently been put on canes. Dracaenas are fluoride sensitive, so avoid perlite in the soil. Do not fertilize. Brown tips may indicate a build up of salt in the soil - good idea to flush the pot with water once a year or so.
Also known as Chinese money tree, missionary plant, or “pass-it-on” plant, this is a darling of Pinterest and Instagram. Cuttings were brought from the Yunan province of China by Norwegian Agnar Espegren in 1945 and were propagated and passed on as a houseplant from family to family throughout Scandinavia. Details of this plant were relatively unknown to botanists for sometime. The first known photograph appeared in Kew Magazine in 1984. (Has been awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit). They are extremely hard to find in the US.
ZZ plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
Light: Does fine in any light, including fluorescent, but at its very best in bright, indirect light. In fact, curling or reaching can mean the plant is getting too much sun/light.
Water: Let soil dry completely before re-watering. They do well when ignored. Can go up to 6 months without water.
Air purification: Like all plants, puts oxygen in the air.
Additional notes: The bright/waxy leaves are completely natural - no leaf shine added.
Marimo Moss Balls
Indigenous to shallow lakes in the northern hemisphere, specifically Japan, these algae balls can live to be over a century old and grow very slowly. They are often passed down from generation to generation, and are considered a first pet to children in Japan.