Common Name: Dragon Tree
Botanical Name: Dracaena marginata ‘Kiwi’
Introducing the very elegant Dracaena marginata ‘Kiwi’ or Dragon Tree. The Dragon Tree is absolutely stunning with its mix of both green stripes and ivory, its coloring will bring so much light to any indoor space. In addition to this plant’s gorgeous appearance, it’s easy to take care of and known for its air-purifying ability. And did we mention that its drought resistant as well?! The perfect plant for beginners!
Get yours today, and we promise, you will absolutely love this plant!
As it thrives most in filtered, bright, indirect light, keep your Dragon Tree out of any direct light. Direct sunlight exposure can damage the leaves (unless the plant was originally grown in the direct sun).
Dracaenas have a reputation for not needing a lot of water. True, but they need a thorough soaking when the soil dries out! Remember -- all plants need water! Dracaenas planted in a six-inch pot should be watered when the soil is dry four inches below the top. Use filtered water, rainwater, or distilled water, as these plants don’t like salts or minerals. Dracaenas prefer dry soil over constantly damp; soggy soil promotes fungus and root rot. Discover more indoor plant watering tips and advice!
Nutrient-rich potting soil that is loose and drains well, but still allows for moisture to reach the roots for a few days, is essential for your Dragon Tree. Most pre-mixed soils will suffice. Make sure that there is plenty of organic matter, like coco-coir, peat moss, or shredded leaves, and avoid soils that contain moisture retaining crystals. If your soil drains too quickly, we recommend re-potting your plant into a compost-rich soil mixture with fewer drainage materials. Learn how to create your own universal soil mixture for all of your indoor plants!
The ideal temperatures for a Dragon Tree are those above 65°F (18°C). Sudden coldness can damage the leaves, so ensure you keep it away from drafty doors and windows during the colder months.
Dragon Tree plants benefit from higher humidity levels during summer, or when they are in heated, forced-air environments. Brown and brittle leaf tips are the tell-tale sign that your plant is suffering from humidity deficiency. Set your Dragon Tree in an area that is naturally humid, or use a humidifier or a pebble tray with water to create the ideal environment. Learn how to increase the humidity for you indoor plants!
It’s not necessary to fertilize your Dragon Tree, but it will benefit from you feeding it once a month during the growing season with a ¼ diluted complete liquid fertilizer or fish emulsion. You can also top-dress the plant at the start of the growing season with a rich, organic compost scratched into the top few inches of the soil.
Dragon Tree is a slow-growing indoor plant, and it could take years to reach the mature indoor height of around 6 to 15 feet, depending on your interior environmental conditions.
Pet Friend or Foe
Dragon Tree plants are generally toxic to pets! Foe!
- Keep your Dragon Tree plant out of the direct sunlight, as this can burn its leaves.
- To increase humidity levels, you can occasionally mist the plants leaves or place a tray with water and pebbles by the plant.
- You should be pruning your Dragon Tree often to keep the plants shape and size. Remember to get rid of the yellow or dead leaves, as this can also be helpful for bushier growth.
- Your Dragon Tree can be propagated by cutting the stem. Take off around 4 to to 6-inches from the stem and plant it in a well-draining potting mix.