The dracaena marginate has been shown to be one of the plants that best adapt to home indoors. It grows equally near a window with a lot of light as in the least illuminated corners of the house.
It is a plant with fine foliage. Depending on the species, the leaves can have different nuances. It loses the lower leaves as it grows, leaving its thin stem bare, which usually arches, and creates very decorative effects.
Its easy cultivation, color, fine foliage, and size make this dracaena a truly decorative plant that is perfect for interior decoration. We’ll see some most interesting facts and review 6 dracaena plant types.
Dracaena Marginate care
The dracaena withstands practically all light conditions. The secret of the dracaena marginata care is not to water it excessively, since it does not need a lot of water.
If it is cultivated in wet soil, the plant accumulates excessive water in its roots, causing it to drown and rot. As a result, the plant begins to lose leaves, and the trunk rots. Therefore, it is one of those plants that must be watered, especially if it is in dry soil.
Do not water the plant copiously until all the soil in the pot is moistened. Dracaena marginata watering should be done sparingly and constantly. Doing it 4 times a week is enough.
Another factor to take into account for proper dracaena marginata care is that the dracaena does not withstand low temperatures. This houseplant suffers when temperatures go down to 14 ºC or lower. It grows better in hotter environments.
When you grow the dracaena marginate plants in containers, it is normal that their roots, after a few years, end up saturating the volume offered by the container. In these cases, it is convenient to prune the roots.
You could also increase the size of the container but, this time, it is best to reduce the root ball and clean the entire base of the dracaena marginate.
Dead roots must be carefully removed to make room for the new ones to grow and restore the vigor of the plant.
As some damage is caused to the roots during this process, a stimulator must be incorporated for their growth. This product is very useful whenever we transplant and alter the root ball.
Pruning the stems
Although the dracaena is slow-growing, it can grow 5 meters. With proper maintenance, it can touch the ceiling of a house.
You can prune the stems to reduce the height and volume and thus get new houseplants through the stem cuttings.
Some dracaena plant types for home décor
One of the most attractive indoor plants is the Dracaena, which is ideal for the “difficult” corners, where it is touch grow plants successfully.
There is a wide range of dracaena plants on the market. One of the most common is the red edge Dracena marginata, which is green but has leaves of the same hue slightly tinged with red on the edges.
These are some of the dracaena species people generally use.
This shrub draws attention for its thick trunk and the height it reaches, sometimes exceeding 10 meters tall.
Widely known as lucky bamboo, it mostly thrives in light and semi-shaded places. However, it can also resist places in the dark, but it won’t grow as fast as it normally does.
Wealthy families used dracaena draco in their gardens by the turn of the 19th century, but in the second half of the 20th century, it became widespread. Today, most public and private gardens have it.
Red edged Dracaena
The Madagascar dragon tree, or red edge dracaena, is a tree characterized by its red-edged sharp leaves. As its name suggests, this houseplant is native to Madagascar and grows solely in tropical and subtropical areas. It is a great accessory for offices and lobbies.
Aka Canary Island dragon tree, dracaena tamaranae grows slowly but consistently. This plant has pointy leaves and is liable to go extinct soon.
It is an ornamental species, perfect for interior decoration due to its elegant appearance.
Ideally, it must be located in sunlit and well-ventilated rooms. Dracaena reflexa should be placed near the window, or where the sun rays can hit it.
The Dracaena is a marvelous plant that is also known for its ability to absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, and boost concentration.
When buying a Dracaena, look for a plant with many leaves, with a thick and rigid stem, and discard those that look weak and arched.
This shrub will help reduce humidity as well.
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