How to Care for a Dracaena Marginata Bush

How to Care for a Dracaena Marginata Bush

Use these instructions to care for a Dracaena Marginata Bush indoor plant. This guide will tell you how to water your Dracaena Marginata Bush; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

 
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS
Your Dracaena Marginata prefers medium indirect sunlight, but can survive in low light situations. Brown spots on the leaves usually indicate the plant is getting too much light. Pale leaves, slow growth, and small new leaves indicate it is not getting enough light.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Overwatering causes root rot and is the main reason a Dracaena Marginata plant dies. Water your Marginata well and allow the top 50% of the soil to dry before watering again. Brown tips on the leaves can indicate overwatering while numerous yellow leaves mean the plant needs more water.
HUMIDITY PREFERENCE
Your Dracaena Marginata will do well in average humidity environments, but will appreciate regular misting.
OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
Marginatas like comfortable room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.
PLANT FOOD
Dracaena Marginata plants are slow-growing and do not need much fertilizer. Feed once a month in the spring and summer with a water-soluble, well-balanced plant food at half the recommended strength. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.
ADDITIONAL CARE
Look out for a common problem called ‘tipping’ when the tips of the leaves dry out and turn brown. This can be caused by a variety of issues like overwatering, too much fertilizer, etc. The most common cause is tap water, which contains salts, chlorine, and fluoride. If you do not have a filtration system, leaving the tap water in an open container overnight before watering can help remove some of the chlorine and fluoride.
TOXICITY
Dracaena Marginata leaves are toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.