Gardening

Dracaena marginata: a magnificent plant


The dracaena marginata, mistakenly considered a palm, remains a magnificent houseplant.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Dracaena marginata
Family : Agavaceae
Type : Houseplant

Height
: 1 to 2 m indoors
Exposure : Very bright, even sunny
Ground : Soil

Foliage
: Persistent

Here are the maintenance tips for dracaena marginata.

Cultivation of dracaena marginata

Dracaena marginata pot,

The dracaena marginata claims a good soil that you will possibly mix with 1/3 of compost if you have some.

In order to facilitate drainage, place a bed of gravel at the bottom of the pot, small pebbles or clay balls.
This operation prevents the roots from bathing in water, which could be fatal to him.

  • Place your dracaena marginata in a good-sized pot filled with special houseplant or green plant soil.
  • Although it is necessary to repot in spring every 2 to 3 years, apart from that, prefer a surfacing regular which will perfectly meet the needs of the plant in support of culture.

Dracaena marginata en exterior:

Growing dracaena marginata outdoors is only possible in warm climates as this plant cannot tolerate cold temperatures.

  • Generally, dracaena marginata does not do not tolerate the cold and will only grow outdoors where the temperature does not drop below 15-16 ° in winter.

As with planting in pots, do not hesitate to lay a bed of gravel, small pebbles or clay balls to facilitate the water drainage.

  • You will then plant it in a mixture of potting soil, garden soil and sand.

Exposure of dracaena marginata

In our climates, dracaena marginata fits well indoors of our houses and apartments.
It grows well when the temperature is around 20-22 ° and requires very good light and even the sun.

  • Choose a window facing south or west to bathe it in maximum light and sun.

If you live in a rather dark place, avoid buying a dracaena because it should not can't stand the absence of light.

Watering the dracaena marginata

Throughout the year, mist some water, rather non-calcareous, on the foliage.

Dracaena marginata au spring and summer:

This is usually the growing season for dracaena marginata.

Water regularly while allowing the soil to dry on the surface between 2 waterings.

Watering must therefore be regular but measured so as not to suffocate the roots of the plant.

  • We can say that watering every 4 to 5 days is usually more than enough.
  • Every two weeks or so, you can bring him someliquid fertilizer, taking care to moisten the soil well beforehand.

Dracaena marginata in fall and winter:

It is necessary to start by gently reducing the waterings because the plant has more limited needs.
As soon as the soil becomes dry for a few centimeters, water in order to moisten all the soil.

We can say that 1 to 2 waterings per month should be sufficient.
But it also depends on the location of your dracaena, because if it is in full sun its needs may be greater.

  • It is necessary that stop all fertilizer input from October and until March-April.

To know about the dracaena marginata

Contrary to what some varieties suggest, the dracaena marginata is not a palm tree.
But its similarity is confusing, and the maintenance it needs is often close to that of a palm tree.

Attractive, durable and very easy to grow, it is one of the most popular and best-selling houseplants.

Its foliage is particularly elegant and original, while its general appearance gives a touch of exoticism to the living room, the living room or any other well-lit room in the house.

  • The lifespan of dracaena can be long, as long as you don't have to deal with the diseases that sometimes affect these trees.

Diseases of dracaena marginata

Falling or wilting leaves:

It is without a doubt a lack of light or too much water.

  • So find a brighter location and reduce watering by following our advice above.

The dracaena marginata loses its leaves:

This is what happens when the dracaena is too cold.

  • Find a more suitable place for it, it needs a minimum temperature of 18-19 ° and ideally 20-22 °.

The leaves of the dracaena marginata turn yellow:

If the plant continues to make new leaves, this is the natural evolution of your dracaena. Trees, even when they are evergreen, shed their leaves to renew themselves.

  • If no new growth appears and your dracaena looks gray, it may be a spider mite attack due to an overly dry atmosphere. It is then necessary to treat as quickly as possible with an insecticide.

A light cottony white down appears, the leaves fade and become discolored:

It must be a mealybug attack.

  • You can remove mealybugs with a cloth soaked in methylated spirits, being sure to wash off the foliage with clean water.
  • Find your mealybug control tips

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Video: How to Propagate Dracaena Colorama. Marginata Cuttings by Water and Soil (October 2020).