Dragon Tree Marginata
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DRAGON TREE MARGINATA CANE
The thin sword-shaped upright leaves of the Dracaena marginata can often be found on display in medical offices and malls
Other Common Names: Madagascar Dragon Tree
Binomial Name: Dracaena marginata
Care Level: Easy
Light: Bright to medium, indirect
Water: Allow the top 2” of soil to dry
Pet Friendly: No
Native to Madagascar, the eye-catching plant is a favorite of interior designers. The thin sword-shaped upright leaves can often be found on display in medical offices and malls. The cane-like tree makes for an excellent entryway plant.
PlantX Top Tip: To prevent tipping (yellowing of leaf tips) get in the habit of watering on a predictable schedule.
Where should I place my dragon tree?
The Dragon Trees can tolerate a wide range of light levels which makes them a great specimen for offices and homes. Place your plant in a location where there is no direct sunlight.
How to Care for Dragon Tree ‘Marginata’?
Light: Prefers bright to medium indirect light. No direct sun as the leaves can burn.
Water: Allow the top 2” of the soil to dry before watering.
Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°F)
Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
Propagation: Stem cuttings and division
Repotting: Can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
Cleaning Tip: Remove dried or damaged leaves by firmly grasping the leaf at its base and gently tug.
Toxicity: Toxic. Always keep plants away from children and pets.
Dragon Tree ‘Marginata’ - Common Problems
The young leaves are shedding and falling? This could be a sign of underwatering and lack of light. If this is the case, move your plant to a brighter location and change your watering routine. If the old leaves are shedding and falling, don’t be alarmed. This is a natural process that happens due to maturity.
The tips of the leaves are turning yellow and brown? Dracaenas can be sensitive to tap water. If this continues, switch to using distilled water, rainwater, or set a glass of water out overnight to reduce the chlorine content. Ensure your watering routine is consistent.
How often should I fertilize my Dracaena? Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.
Common Pests: Scale, spider mites, and thrips.