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Dracaena / Marginata
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Dracaena / Marginata

Latin Name:

Dracaena marginata

Plant Type:     

Shrub

Description:

Narrow leaves tapering to the tip. Green with a red edge is the color of the original species, but selections are available with white or white and red stripes the length of the leaf, and with a purple cast to the whole leaf.

Uses:

Border, Container, Specimen

Origin:

Madagascar

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

No

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Will grow for anybody

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks with a water soluble fertilizer. For older plants it is recommended that you increase their fertilizing to weekly during the spring and summer.

Plant Pests:

Prone to spider mites, mealy bugs, scale and thrips. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Stem cuttings and air-layering in the spring through summer. Summer It is best to propagate any type of cuttings in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while. To air-layer a plant, take a sharp knife and cut half way through the stem about a foot down from the top. Put a toothpick in the wound sideways, wrap wet sphagnum moss and a plastic bag around the wound secured by either rubber bands or tape. When roots form, cut off below the roots and plant.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist frequently with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining) and remove all dead leaves. Leaf tips will go brown if the plant is under watered but this browning may be carefully trimmed.

Toxicity:

Species of this Genus can be harmful to pets.

Air Purifier:

A good remover of formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, xylene and trichloroethylene from the atmosphere.

Is Genus:

No

Flower Color:

White

Growth Rate:

Slow

Hardiness Zones:

10b to 11a

Height:

72-120

Width:

36-72

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