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Dracaena Marginata Plant Care
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There are many members of the Dracaena family and the Marginata has always been one of my personal favorites. The first large interior 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 plant. My contact at Xerox told me that I could have it if I wanted it. So began my soon to be extensive houseplant collection!

Dracaena Marginata Plant

Dracaena Marginata

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, Marginata 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 make great additions to any home and require minimal care.

Dracaena marginata plant care questions?

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You can send a house plant question but before you do, please finish reading this page, this information on watering your indoor plants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your house plants. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.

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 irrigate. See below for more information on watering your Marginata and check out the pages on watering plants indoor and lighting and houseplants.

Remember that each plant and its environment are unique and care for each will vary.

How to Water - Marginata Plant Care

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 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.

Buy dracaena marginata plant

Buy Dracaena marginata

Be careful watering Marginata as they are very prone to rot if kept too wet. Some signs of overwatering 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 underwatering 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 Plant Care - Other Care Tips

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's foliage clean and initially keep an eye out for insect problems. Mites, mealybug, thrips and scale can sometimes be a problem but a good wash down with soapy water should be sufficient to control these pests.

Spider mites are a common problem with new Marginata plants. Those plants grown in hot, high light are most susceptible. 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.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon as plant care information, pictures and more are being added all of the time. I hope that your indoor tropical Dracaena plants and all of your plants and flowers are happy, green and growing because that is why I started this site

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