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Conservatory, House Plant, Evergreen
Feed weekly or biweekly during the summer
Glasshouse red spider mite and scale insects
Generally disease free
Rich, well drained potting compost
A red resin is collected from D. draco called dragon's blood. It has social functions in marking graves, sacred sites and farm plots in many African societies
Dracaena marginata, also known as the Dragon Tree, is an elegant houseplant. The name dracaena is derived from the Ancient Greek word drakaina which means "female dragon".
They have long, thin leaves edged with red. Eventually the lower leaves fall off and show its thin trunk. Often, the dragon tree is use for adding height among a group of other house plants. Plant your Dracaena in rich, well-drained compost in a nice, bright spot. Over the summer use a slow-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or feed them weekly/every other week. Dragon Trees like moist compost, so water them regularly and do not let dirt dry out! Dragon Trees do not need to be pruned but cutting back stems will encourage stronger growth.
Be sure to wipe dust of off the leaves to keep them clean and pull off any leaves that have died. Although generally disease-free, scale insects and glasshouse red spider mite can cause problems to Dragon Trees. This plant should not be ingested.