Dracaena Marginata Kiwi
Dracaena marginata 'Kiwi'
Dracaena marginata kiwi is an attractive, stiff-leaved plant with colorful foliage that sometimes goes by the name dragon tree.
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Dracaena marginata kiwi is an attractive, stiff-leaved plant with colorful foliage that sometimes goes by the name dragon tree. These are tough, drought-tolerant plants. They are a little more forgiving than some of the other dracaena. They are sometimes grown as single-stemmed plants; other times grouped or even braided together in the same pot. Dracaena Marginata Kiwi is a racy, brightly striped foliage houseplant. It is an excellent choice for first time houseplant buyers because it handles missed watering and minimal light without consequence. Dracaena Marginata Kiwi is just one variety in a large group of hybrids within the Dracaena family. Other varieties are green, red, yellow, white and usually a mix of several colors. Dracaena clean the air of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. These plants are sold as bush, and are typically found 1 or 2 per pot in the 6" size, and 3 per pot in the 10" diameter pots. The 10" diameter containers can also be grown at different heights with a clear trunk, usually named by the height of the foliage. For example, 4'3'2' is the name of plants with canes found at 4 feet tall, 3 feet tall, and 2 feet tall. The plants can be trained to have a clear trunk or kept shorter as bush with leaves from the top of the plant to the soil.
History and Naming of Dracaena Marginata Kiwi:
Native to Africa, Dracaena is a large family, currently encompassing 110 species with about 40 varieties that are grown commercially. The name Dracaena comes from the draikana, an ancient Greek word meaning female dragon. Some varieties of Dracaena exude a thick, red sap when broken similar to dragon blood. Some of the plants in this family even have red stems. Unlike other plants, Dracaena has a tendency to thicken a secondary meristem, and produces thicker roots as a result. The best ways to propagate Dracaena is either by cuttings or by the seed. After the sticky white flowers, Dracaena produces a small round fruit that is viable. Unfortunately, these plants are unlikely to flower indoors, and the flower is not very showy.