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Dracaena Marginata Plant Care
The first large indoor house plant that I owned was a beautiful Dracaena Marginata. About 6 feet tall, it was a plant I cared for at the Xerox Research Center in Palo Alto, California. Not quite up to par for my customers, it was being replaced with a new Dracaena marginata plant. My contact at Xerox told me that I could have the old Marginata plant if I wanted it. So began my soon to be extensive houseplant collection!
Marginata is grown in a variety of forms including the tip, bush, staggered, character and standard. You can also find them with a braided trunk.
A versatile plant, the Dracaena Marginata plant can be anywhere from one foot tall to twenty feet tall. However, it would be uncommon to find them at heights over 6-8 feet tall except in interior landscapes or a tropical rainforest.
Other common Dracaena houseplants you may like to own are the Dracaena warneckii, Dracaena massangeana and the Dracaena 'Janet Craig'. All of these Dracaena plants make great additions to any home and require minimal care.
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If you have a Dracaena Marginata in a fairly large size, it would be a good idea to check the soil with a soil probe before you water your plant. See below for more information on watering your Marginata and check out the pages on watering indoor house plants and lighting and houseplants.
Remember that every plant and its environment are unique and care for each will vary.
In lower to medium light, water Dracaena marginata when the potting soil has dried almost to the bottom. For a Marginata in bright light, allow the potting media to dry down 3/4 of the way and then water thoroughly. Please see section on watering indoor house plants and the section on light needs for plants indoor as these are the two things that will make the biggest difference in the health of your house plants.
Be careful watering Marginata as they are very prone to root problems if growing media is kept too wet. Some signs of over watering may be yellowing leaf tips, root rot and pale new growth with dark tips. The canes can develop rot and will become mushy and start to smell bad. More to the dry side is better but don't be extreme either. The first sign of under watering will be a slight drooping of the leaves.
Do not let the soil dry out completely as your Marginata will wilt. Once this happens it will take your Dracaena Marginata a long time to recover. For the most part, Marginata is a beautiful easy care house plant.
Marginata does best in bright, indirect light but with care can be maintained in lower or higher lighting. Prone to root rot if overwatered, especially in lower light, Dracaena Marginata will gradually become weak and leggy if the light is too low.
Remove lower leaves as they yellow and trim brown tips as needed. Most new plants will slowly shed old foliage when moved to a new and different environment. A Dracaena Marginata grown in high light will have stiff, thick leaves. In lower light, these will gradually be replaced by thinner, more graceful arching foliage. Given the proper care, your Dracaena Marginata should acclimate and become a beautiful, trouble free plant.
Keep your Marginata plant's foliage clean and initially keep an eye out for insect problems. Mites, mealy bug, thrips and scale can sometimes be a problem but a good wash down with soapy water should be sufficient to control these pests. I like to add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to my mixture of water and mild dish soap. I use this to clean my plants as a part of regular plant care.
Spider mites (and other types of mites) can be a problem with new Marginata plants. Those plants grown in hot, high light are most susceptible to spider mites. Check bottom of leaves regularly and if you see a problem, give your plant a good wash down with water or detergent and water. It is a good idea to give a new Marginata this type of shower as a precaution. If you notice a problem, treat immediately as mites can and will damage your plant.
You should always plant your marginata (and other indoor plants) into a container with good drainage. It is always best to leave your plants in a nursery pot with drainage holes at the bottom. Then set that into the pretty container you purchased for your home. Make sure you size properly as there should be an inch or two of room between the decorative container and the nursery pot. This will provide adequate air circulation to your Dracaena plant's root system.
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