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Plant Care Guide >> Indoor Plants >> Dracaena marginata
If you are looking for an attractive, versatile indoor plant that doesn't demand much of your time or attention, look no further than the dracaenas. They are easy-tolerating low light, low humidity and infrequent watering. Keep in mind that while dracaenas will tolerate adverse conditions, they will be much happier and healthier with just a little care. Dracaenas are one of the plants used in the NASA Clean Air Study and has shown to help remove Formaldehyde.
Common name: Dracaena
Botanical Name: Dracaena marginata
Family: Liliaceae
Foliage: The Dracaena tricolor has multicolored, spiky leaves.
Flowers: Does not have any flowers
Light: Dracaena is tolerant to low light.  It will however do better in bright light.

Check the soil for dryness.  Do not allow the soil to dry out totally.  Water enough so that the soil is kept moist at all times.  It should not be soggy.The water that collects on the coaster too should be removed.

Pest and Problems:

Dracaena generally has problems with mealy bugs and scales. Both problems can be treated with an insecticide containing pyrethrins or removed with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Growth Habit:

As the plant grows  it develops an attractive gray trunk. It sheds its lower leaves. 


If the plantís stems become too long and bare, cut them off at the desired height and new leaves will soon appear.


Feed dracaenas with liquid foliage plant fertilizer once a month.


Propagation is done by air layering or through stem cuttings.

Landscaping Use:

The plant could be used in a landscape as an accent plant. The plant stands out when it is planted on its own.

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