20 - 30cm Dracaena Marginata 12cm Pot House Plant

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20 - 30cm Dracaena Marginata 12cm Pot House Plant

20 - 30cm Dracaena Marginata 12cm Pot House Plant


20 - 30cm Dracaena Marginata 12cm Pot House Plant


Dracaena marginata, commonly known as the dragon tree, is a popular and attractive houseplant known for its slim, arching leaves and woody stems. It's an excellent choice for indoor environments due to its dramatic appearance and low maintenance needs. Here’s a detailed description and care guide to help you keep your Dracaena marginata healthy and thriving.


Dracaena marginata features narrow, sword-like leaves that are deep green with red or purple margins, giving it a distinctive and colorful look. The plant has a slow-growing, upright habit and can eventually reach heights of up to 2 meters indoors. Its stems can be single or branched, often becoming more pronounced as the plant ages, resembling a small tree.

Care Guide


This plant prefers bright, indirect light but is remarkably tolerant of lower light conditions. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light can cause the leaves to lose their vibrant colors and become spindly. A spot near a window covered with a sheer curtain would be ideal.


Water the Dracaena marginata when the top soil (about the top inch or so) feels dry to the touch. It’s important to let the soil dry out between waterings, as the roots are prone to rot if conditions are too moist. Reduce watering during the winter months when the plant’s growth naturally slows.

Temperature and Humidity

The dragon tree prefers average room temperatures between 18°C to 24°C (65°F to 75°F). It is not cold-tolerant, so keep it away from drafts and windows that are frequently opened during colder months. Average home humidity levels are adequate, but like many tropical plants, it benefits from higher humidity. If your home is very dry, consider using a humidifier or placing a humidity tray near the plant.


Use a well-draining potting mix designed for indoor plants. A mixture of one part peat, one part perlite, and one part loam is effective, providing the right balance of drainage and water retention.


Feed your Dracaena marginata with a diluted, balanced fertilizer every month during the growing season (spring and summer). Do not fertilize in the winter, as the plant’s growth slows considerably and it requires less nutritional support.

Pruning and Repotting

Prune your Dracaena to remove any brown leaf tips or dead leaves and to control its height. You can also cut back the main stem if it becomes too tall, which will encourage the plant to branch out. Dracaena marginata needs repotting every two to three years, usually in the spring. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one to allow room for growth.

Common Issues

Brown leaf tips can occur due to fluoridated or chlorinated water, low humidity, or over-watering. Consider using filtered or non-fluoridated water if the browning is significant. Pests such as spider mites, scale, and mealybugs can also affect the plant. Regularly inspect the foliage and treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil if pests are detected.

Following these care instructions will help ensure your Dracaena marginata remains a healthy and striking feature in your home or office.

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