Dragon Tree- Dracaena marginate

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!

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.

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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  • 1. Drainage

    Place a single layer of drainage screen directly over the drain hole.

  • 2. Pot setup

    Once you have chosen the location for your pots, place four pot feet on the ground and position the pot on top.

  • 3. Potting mix

    Cover the piece of drainage screen with a good quality potting mix and fill the pot to the desired level and gently compact in layers.

  • 4. Plant it

    Carefully remove the plant from its nursery pot. Put the plant in your prepared garden pot, ensuring the potting mix soil sits at the same level as the soil in the nursery pot.

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