Dracaena Marginata Indoor Plant: Dracaena Dragon Tree
Often used as a table plant, the Dracaena Marginata is an impressive houseplant with one or more trunks that sport stiff leaves in green and yellow, trimmed in pink or dark red. For an even more rugged and tropical feel to your home let it grow into a splendid tree.
Dimensions: our dracaena marginata is available in one size – 110cm.
Dimensions are approximate and include the pot.
Dracaena Marginata: Plant Guide
Difficulty level: tough and drought resistant, the plant is perfect for beginners since it is super easy to grow indoors.
Light: the dragon tree needs moderate to bright indirect sunlight. It can also survive in dim light although this will slow its growth and will produce smaller leaves with less intense colour.
Air purifier: a top-notch plant for removing harmful chemicals like formaldehyde from the air, your dracaena marginata is set to purify your space.
Pet and child-friendly: while the plant is not harmful to humans, the leaves are toxic to dogs and cats. Cats, in particular, tend to find the leaves appealing, often chewing on them, however, the toxic alkyds it contains will make them sick. Ingestion symptoms typically include vomiting and excessive salivation.
Ideal for: new beginnings, anniversary and any other occasion.
Dracaena Marginata: Plant Background
Origin: a popular plant that belongs to the dracaena group, the marginata is naturally found in Madagascar and Mauritius. In warm outdoor climates, it can grow into a small tree of about 20 feet tall, but more often than not it is grown as a potted houseplant which rarely surpasses 6 feet. Its cane is often thick, twisted and woody and at times they are grown as single-stemmed trees and at others, they are grouped or braided together in the same pot. Due to its tropical feel, the dracaena is often confused with a palm.
Also known as: dragon tree, dragon plant, Madagascar dragon tree
Symbolism: the name derives from the Greek word for female dragon. According to legend, a warrior had once fallen in love with the daughter of a priest, but the latter would only give his daughter’s hand in marriage if the warrior stuck a stick in the ground from which leaves would grow. The warrior did as he was told and kept watering the stick. By the fifth day, it was covered in leaves which turned out to be a dracaena tree. Since then, the plant is considered a symbol of love.
Fun fact: the marginata’s well-known cousin, the draceana draco oozes a red, blood-like resin when cut or damaged, giving it the appearance as if it is bleeding. Centuries ago, this resin was used for things like dye and toothpaste, amongst other things. Nowadays, it is commonly added to wood varnish and photoengraving. In some African societies, it is used to mark sacred sites and graves.
Dracaena Marginata: Plant Care
Watering: the plant does not require much water and in fact, overwatering it can cause problems such as root rot. To avoid this make sure that the top half of the soil is dry before watering it again. Having said that, the dracaena loves humidity, so make sure you spray it with a spray bottle. Alternatively, you may also hose it down.
Food: the Madagascar dragon tree does not need much fertilising, so all you need to do is simply provide it with some food during springtime or twice a year.
Pruning: you can cut off any brown tips with a pair of sharp scissors. If the canes become bare at the bottom, cut the cane back to encourage new growth.
Ideal temperature: unlike most plants, the dragon tree can withstand a wide range of temperatures. Any temperature between 18 degrees and 25 degrees Celsius should do.
Avoid: full sun exposure as this will burn the leaves and any sudden drop in temperature which can cause the lower leaves to drop.
Pests: the dracaena is often susceptible to mealybugs, scale and spider mites. The former two pests can be easily identified since mealybugs, for instance, tend to leave cotton-like deposits, but spider mites are somewhat harder to spot.
Whilst doing our utmost in supplying an identical product to the image provided, sometimes items may be substituted if not in season or unavailable. Our dedicated staff will make sure that the substitution is equivalent to value and quality. Where our designs include a sundry item such as a vase, basket or pot it may not always be possible to deliver the exact item as displayed.
Photography location: The Cumberland Boutique Hotel, Valletta, Malta.
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