Dracaena Marginata

Dracaena marginata

$42.00 $52.00
Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Grower
Ceramic
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  • Not safe for pets

  • Benefits from a green thumb

  • 6" to 8" W 8" to 14" H

Dracaena margenata — aka the dragon tree — has to be one of our favorite ornamental houseplants. This tiny tree has thin, candelabra-shaped trunks that become more visible as it grows. Its spiky leaves are lined with red, making it even more striking. It's fairly forgiving — great for beginners — and can grow quite large. Use it to add some height to your indoor jungle, and trim it regularly to keep it shorter than six feet.


Plant - Dracaena Marginata
Plant - Dracaena Marginata

About Dracaena Marginata

The plant's original cousins contracted its name from the oozy red resin it displayed upon being cut. It appeared that the plant was "alive" and bleeding. Legends explain where the red oozing flow fell, hundreds of trees grew into what is now called the Dragon Trees, aka Dracaena Tree. If you accidentally cut the Dracaena, the red resin is only in the cousin plant, not this one! 

Care Level: Green thumb

Easy to care for.

Pet Friendly: No

Considered to be toxic to pets if ingested.

Bloom: No

Plant - Dracaena Marginata

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with partial shade patios
  • Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Dracaena marginata Care Guide

  • Medium

    Moderate, indirect light. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves.

  • Low

    Water well and then allow the soil to dry out between each watering.

  • Medium

    Enjoys humidity. Spritz occasionally.

  • 65 to 90

    Keep this plant on the warmer side and avoid cold drafts.  

  • 10|11|12

    Outside: Keep it in part shade (early morning sun) on a patio out of direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn and bring inside when nights are below 55¬∞F. 

  • Monthly

    The Dracaena Tree doesn't need a lot of fertilizer and may become sensitive to too much salts if applied too often. Apply a liquid fertilizer at half strength especially formulated for indoor plants.  Avoid using water with chemicals (chlorine or fluoride). Apply once a month during the spring, summer and fall season. Let it rest during the winter. 

  • 3 Years

    When receiving the Dracaena Tree  do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months. Repot every 3-5 years or when the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes. 
    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot to keep the roots drier.
    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a well-draining indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage. 
    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.
    Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen. 
    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling. 
    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over. 
    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.   
    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain. 

  • As needed

    Prune your Dracaena tree in the spring and summer during the growing season. If yellow or browning tips develop, cut the discoloration off with sterilize scissors and flush the soil to remove any accumulated salts in the soil. 

    To prune the stems to produce more foliage,  use a clean, sharp knife. Make a cut anywhere on the long cane. It will look naked until sprouts emerge around the cut area. Use the cuttings for propagation. 

  • Cuttings

    Take a stem cutting with sanitized pruners 4-6 inches long with the leaves attached. 
    Dip the cuttings in water, then in a rooting hormone.
    Use a pot with drainage. and place the stem 1-2 inches down into the  damp, well-draining, moist potting soil mix and tamp down around the stem securing it. 
    Place a clear plastic bag over the cutting to mimic a greenhouse and mist the bag. Set it in bright, indirect sunlight while they are rooting. 
    Check the moisture and humidity each day and add misting to keep the soil moist while the roots establish. 
    After 6-8 weeks, roots will begin to establish. You can tug onto the stem to ensure the roots are secure. 

Dracaena Marginata

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