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Dracaena Marginata Plant Care
The first large interior houseplant 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 a commercial account, it was being replaced with a new plant. My contact at Xerox told me that I could take it home 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, 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.
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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 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.
Watering Marginata - In lower to medium light, water 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.
You will need to be careful watering Marginata. They are very prone to rot if kept too wet. New plants with minimal roots should be watered around the cane only. Established plants with a good root system can be watered thoroughly. 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 does best in bright, indirect light but with careful care can be maintained in lower or higher lighting. Prone to root rot if overwatered, especially 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. This will need to be repeated weekly for at least four weeks. Just make sure you treat as soon as you notice a problem as they can and will damage your plant.
Do not plant Marginata into a container with no 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.
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