ABOUT OUR DRACAENA MARGINATA
Justin the Dracaena marginata here. I know I look a bit spiky but there’s a reason for that: I’ve got dragon blood in me! Ok, ok: not really. But, I am known as the dragon plant, spike dracaena and dragon blood tree because of my strange ability to ooze red “blood” if you slice into my trunk. Don’t do it though - I do much prefer being left in one piece.
If you’re seeking an exotic but hardy houseplant, I’m the ideal fit. In my natural habitat, I can grow in a dry climate and will even endure periods of drought. Is it any surprise that I’m very popular in office buildings and forgotten parts of your home?
My tropical look can be enjoyed anywhere providing there isn’t any direct sunlight. I’m usually advertised as a low-light tolerant plant, but I do prefer a brighter, indirect light - you’ll see me grow as big as a dragon (well, not quite) in a better lit room.
Medium height (including nursery pot) 75cm; pot diameter 17cm. (Fits a 18-22cm pot)
DID YOU KNOW?
The word Dracaena means “dragon” in Ancient Greek, although Justin is also known as the Madagascar dragon tree because you can find him all over Mauritius and Madagascar.
Justin’s vibrant foliage is a sure way to add the tropical vibes to your life without having to fly to a desert island.
QUICK DRACAENA MARGINATA PLANT CARE
Hardy in nature (he is a dragon, after all), Justin will survive most things - even if you do forget about him for a few weeks.
I grow faster in a well-lit room but can also adapt to medium or low light.
I prefer my soil on the drier side. Water me once every few weeks in the summer and even less in the winter months.
I can tolerate normal household humidity - the occasional mist to my leaves wouldn’t go a miss though.
Fertilise me only once or twice in the growing season, March through September. Don’t fertilise me in the winter months!
FAST FACTS ABOUT JUSTIN
A dark hallway or the corner of an office where I’ll add life without requiring too much attention.
THINGS WE ALWAYS GET ASKED
How do you care for a Dracaena marginata?
Taking care of a Dracaena Marginata plant is very easy. Justin will be happiest in a partially shady room with warm temperatures of over 15°C. Allow his soil to dry out in between each watering; the best way to tell if he needs a drink is to feel the first two inches of the soil and only water if the soil is bone dry. He will tolerate a room with small windows or a landing with little natural light, so feel free to put him where other plants haven’t fared well - he’s a hardy guy, after all.
Does the dragon plant need much light?
All plants need some natural light to grow but Justin will tolerate lower levels of light than most plants - although yes, he does need some natural light. Chuck him in a room with a north facing window that doesn’t get much daylight and you won’t hear a peep from him. Well, you know what we mean!
Is the Dracaena marginata an indoor plant?
Yes, Justin is definitely an indoor plant, as he loves filtered light and warm temperatures. Some types of Dracaena can grow outdoors in the summer, but only in a partially shady garden - and they definitely need bringing in during the winter. You’ll also find that having Justin indoors will help clean your air as he - quite magically - can absorb common household toxins, thus helping you breathe that little bit easier.
PLANT STYLING TIPS
This potted dragon tree looks pretty similar to a palm, so be sure to put him where his tropical fronds can be appreciated the most. Placing him in an entrance hall or on a landing is sure to bring an exotic atmosphere to an otherwise boring part of the home.
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HEALTHY PLANT PROMISE
If you have received a damaged plant or within 15 days you have any trouble after following our care guidance we will offer you a replacement.