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Dracaena Marginata

Dracaena marginata

Dracaena, also known as Madagascar Dragon Tree, it is an attractive, stiff-leaved plant with green sword-like leaves edged with red. It is a very slender growing indoor tree and is perfect for low light apartments or used as an office plant. It is also a clean air plant that removes toxins from the air in your home.

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Dracaena marginata, also known as Madagascar Dragon Tree, is a tall, slender house plant that cleans the air indoors. Dragon Plant has sword-like leaves that are deep green with red borders and multi-stem growth. These tall indoor plants prefer evenly saturated soil that is not overly moist or allowed to dry.

When placed indoors, this clean-air plant will remove chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and carbon monoxide. Dracaena prefers temperatures between 70° to 80°F so lightly shaded patios, porches, pool decks, and sunrooms are ideal for this tropical indoor plant.

Ideal care for these fun little indoor trees includes bright indirect light conditions and watering when the soil is dry. Your Dragon Tree would also appreciate a well-draining potting mix and the application of a well-balanced fertilizer in the growing months of spring and summer.

The dark green leaves of Dragon Trees are slender and arc slightly, creating a very graceful form. Their tolerance of a wide range of conditions makes them an excellent choice for first-time houseplant owners. Additionally, these plants are fairly slow growing so they will not quickly overwhelm a space. The unique houseplants can grow up to 20 feet tall outdoors, but when grown indoors they should only reach about 6 feet tall.

Dracaena Marginatas' wild foliage makes a bold statement and is a favorite among interior designers and decorators looking to add some island flair to your home interior. Other varieties are green, red, yellow, white, and usually a mix of several colors. Dragon Trees can be trained to have a clear trunk or kept shorter as a bush with leaves from the top of the plant to the soil.


Growzone: 9-11 Dracaena Marginata Hardiness Zone 9-11
Hardiness Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 7 to 8 Feet
Mature Width: 3 Feet
Classification: Tropical
Sunlight: Fluorescent to bright, direct light
Habit: Upright
Flower Color: Unlikely to flower indoors, white sticky flower
Foliage: Dark green
Soil Condition: Regular potting mix
Water Requirements: Likes to dry out occasionally
Uses: Best in vertical spaces, like corners or hallways

How to Care for Dracaena Marginata

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!

What is the best soil for Dracaena marginata?

What is the best soil for Dracaena marginata?

Dracaena marginata does best in soil that stays slightly moist. Regular potting mix works well, try to keep the soil from drying out too much that it compacts, as it can be difficult to rehydrate.

What is the best light for Dracaena Marginata?

What is the best light for Dracaena Marginata?

Dracaena marginata performs well in fluorescent light like office buildings or atriums or anywhere away from direct light. They can handle the bright, indirect light found in a northern or partially shaded eastern windowsill. Western or southern exposure would work as long as the plant is away from the window or the window is well shaded.

How often do I water Dracaena Marginata Plants?

How often do I water Dracaena Marginata Plants?

Dracaena marginata likes to stay slightly moist, not too wet or too dry. Too many yellow leaves means the plant is staying wet too often, whereas brown tips to the leaves means it has been kept too dry. They recover well from drying out occasionally. The easiest way to tell if a plant needs to be watered is by the weight of the container. If the container is very heavy and the foliage is upright, chances are good the plant doesn't need water, whereas a light container and limp foliage means the plant needs some water. Sometimes, water pours out of the container without being retained by the soil. Soaking the dry soil in a small dish or saucer can be a useful way to solve this problem. It is important not to water the foliage of these plants, or to over-water them as this will lead to leaf damage or plant death. If you're unsure, it is always better to let the plant go dry instead of drenching it with water. Moisture meters are another easy way to tell if plants need to be watered, and usually come with a guide to indicate what number or level of moisture different plants require.

What type of fertilizer do I use for a Dracaena marginata?

What type of fertilizer do I use for a Dracaena marginata?

Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Dracaena marginata. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack's Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. All of these fertilizers may be used when planting Dracaena Marginata indoors.


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