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Dragon Tree- Dracaena marginate

With long slender green leaves edged with red accents, this eye-catching spiky tree, Dracaena marginata, is the perfect combination of beauty and hardiness. No wonder it is commonly known as the Dragon tree, this popular indoor plant is great for beginners due to its drought-tolerant and no fuss light conditions. As a nearly indestructible plant, the Dragon tree proved itself in NASA’s famous Clean Air Study by showing it helps remove formaldehyde from indoor air!

The green spiky, red edged foliage of an easy maintenance Dragon Tree.

General Care

Sunlight

Prefers bright, indirect light. Keep your plant out of direct sunlight though, as this can burn the leaves.

Water

Water thoroughly with distilled water, and wait until the top half of the soil is completely dry before watering again.

Humidity

Mid to high humidity range

Soil

Use good quality potting mix in your garden pots.

Abundantly growing foliage of a Dracaena marginate, contrasted against a white background.

Common Problems

Dracaenas are tough plants, but they are susceptible to spider mites and occasionally mealybugs. To get rid of these bugs, bath your plants regularly by using a hose to wash these pests away. 

Symptom

Yellowing lower leaves 

Cause

Needs more water

Symptom

Browning leaf tips 

Cause

Too much fluoride or other salts in the water. Switch to distilled water. 

Precautions

While Dracaena marginata is harmless to humans when ingested, it is extremely toxic to pets. If you have curious pets, choose a different plant or keep this plant where your pets can’t get to it.

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