I have a plant that a coworker wasn't having much luck with. I took it home to baby it, but haven't had a lot of luck either. I think it is a Janet Craig but I'm not sure. It grow extremely slow, slower than anything I know. The main problem is that, as new leaves grow from the middle the old ones seem to get brow spots and eventually have to be cut off as they die out. It is just getting taller with new leaves, but not full. What is it, have i miss identified? What should I do?
It could be Janet Craig but it could also be a Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana') http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54287/
The colour would say Corn but it looks stressed and is a small plant. It's odd - I can't find regular 'Janet Craig' in Plantfiles.
i had a Janet Craig and actually gave it away, it grew so slowly it was incredibly boring. If this is a Janet Craig it may take forever and a day to grow into an attractive form with a bunch of leaves.
Thanks for the feedback. Corn Plant was also my second thought, if it is, it's a very very small one. I had it in a lager pot, but decided to put in in a small one in hopes that roots would spread out instead of down and generate more foliage. No luck there.
It looks like your soil is comprised of only very small, fine particles which do not allow for any air pockets, and prevent moisture from evaporating in a timely manner. Dracaenas are especially sensitive to this because this also causes the chemicals in tap water to buildup to dangerous levels in the soil. I would encourage you to read the sticky at the top of the house plant forum. The link below is a brief on water chemical issues. Your plant could be experiencing fluoride toxicity and/or root rot.