- Botanical Name: Dracaena marginata
Common Name(s): Dragon Tree
Light: Medium, Bright
Soil: Potting Mix
Pet Friendly: No
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Description & Care Instructions:
A member of the Dracaena family, the Dragon Tree is a durable plant that is easy to care for. It is native to Madagascar and is a hardy, drought-tolerant plant. The long spiky leaves are green with red edges that get more vibrant when grown in bright light conditions. The Dragon Tree grows upright and can get up to 6ft tall (or more) as an indoor houseplant. Dracaenas will grow in average room temperatures and like ample light. They are also a great air-purifying plant, removing chemicals from the air.
While the Dragon is hardy and will grow in moderate lighting conditions, it will display its best foliage colors in bright, indirect lighting. It will also grow slower if not in bright light. Be sure not to place your Dragon Tree where it will get direct sunlight as this can cause the leaves to burn.
Dragon Trees are a drought-tolerant plant so it is easy to overwater them. Allow the soil to dry between waterings. When you do water your tree be sure not to saturate the soil so it becomes soggy. You want the soil to look wet, not swampy. This tree can go a couple of weeks without water.
Temp & Humidity:
Dragon Trees will grow in most household or office temperatures. They do best in temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It will do just fine with regular indoor humidity levels. If you live in an area that has minimal humidity levels you can mist your tree every other day or a couple of times a week.
Use a regular potting mix and for best health, add some peat moss to the mix. Be sure the soil is well-draining and use a pot that can contain the larger root system.
Dragon Trees do not require much in the way of fertilizer. You can use an everyday houseplant fertilizer in the Spring if you would like. This will help with growth however, it is not a necessity. Do not fertilize in the winter since that is not the growing season.
Toxicity to pets:
Dracaenas in general are toxic to pets so ensure your Dragon Tree is placed out of reach of your pets. Make sure any dropped leaves are picked up off the floor as well. Signs of ingestion can include vomiting (occasionally with blood), depression, anorexia, hypersalivation, and dilated pupils (cats).*
*Visit the ASPCA.org website for more information.