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Garden Topics: Tropicals & Houseplants

Madagascar Dragon Tree

Dracaena Marginata

Madagascar Dragon TreeWhy you may want to grow it: Madagascar dragon tree, also called red-edge dracaena, is one of the most popular houseplants. It bears narrow green leaves banded in red or pink on top of slender stems. Its upright habit makes Madagascar dragon tree a useful houseplant to grow against a blank wall, to provide privacy in front of a window, or at the end of a sofa or chair. As it ages and becomes tree like. When it's young, Madagascar dragon tree adds beautiful texture to tabletops, desks, and other surfaces. It's often included in dish gardens because of its grassy look. The red edges of this easy to grow dracaena bring a pop of color on this shrub that can grow to reach your ceiling.

How to care for it: Madagascar dragon tree does best in a bright spot, but will tolerate lower-light conditions. In low-light spots, you may see it lose the red or pink coloring on leaf edges and it will grow more slowly (and also require less water).

Water the Madagascar dragon tree when the top inch or so of the soil is dry. The plant holds up to dry conditions fairly well, so you don't have to worry about it dying if you miss a watering or two. Do not let your dragon tree sit in soggy soil.

If your Madagascar dragon tree develops brown leaf tips, the most common cause is low humidity. Add more moisture to the air by grouping it near other houseplants, moving it to a humid room such as bathroom, or setting your Madagascar dragon tree on a large tray filled with pebbles and water (so the bottom of the pot is on the pebbles, above the water line).

Madagascar Dragon TreeFertilize Madagascar dragon tree once or twice a year at minimum with Maxsea or Bonide Liquid Plant Food. If you want your plant to grow faster, you can feed it more frequently. Just don't exceed the recommendations on the fertilizer package.

If you wish to prune your Madagascar dragon tree, you can cut the top off; it will sprout new branches.

Health benefits: This plant is best for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which can be introduced to indoor air through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline. 

For More Information Check Out Wikipedia:  Madagascar Dragon


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