Dracaena marginata - Plant

Dracaena marginata 
Dracaena marginata

Helps purify the air!

The Dracaena marginata is an attractive houseplant which is very easy to care for and will certainly look very decorative in your living room! The graceful, finely edged foliage is so beautiful and will delight you the whole year through! A vigorous plant that enjoys a bright spot - very popular plant.
The Dracaena also purifies the air!
This plant will trap significant levels of potentially damaging gas particles in your home's atmosphere and will give you oxygen in return (read more about this below!) It also helps to humidify your room so your indoor climate will be improved just by having this plant! We deal in products from Air so Pure who have developed a lovely selection of just such plants for helping to purify the atmosphere in homes, schools and offices. Treat yourself to the purified and humidified atmosphere offered by this lovely plant.
 
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  • Planting
  • There are several options open to you upon receipt of this plant:
    1. Choose an attractive planter with holes in the base and cover the bottom with potsherds or a layer of gravel. Stand your plant, complete with nursery pot in the planter with a saucer below to collect drained off water. Water immediately
    2. Remove from the nursery pot and pot up into a decorative planter with holes in the base and standing on a saucer. Cover the holes in the pot with potsherds or some gravel. Add fresh potting compost and stand the root ball at the correct depth in the pot. Fill the pot around the roots with more compost – leave a space of about 3 cm around the top edge of the pot, press down firmly and water immediately.
    3. Stand it in an attractive planter without holes, but do layer the bottom of the pot with clay pellets so that the plant pot is off the bottom. A wide planter is best so that you can see if the bottom of the pot is standing in water.
    4. Or just stand your plant on a saucer, still in its nursery pot. Water immediately.  
    The best spot for your houseplant
    The ideal spot for your plant is: 
    1. One with lots of light but that is sheltered from the hottest mid-day sunlight - early mornings or evenings are not a problem (in fact it will appreciate it!). Usually somewhere around 3 metres from a window is ideal.
    2. Somewhere warm between 18-23 degrees centigrade. Wonderful if you happen to have under floor heating. Immediately next to or above a radiator will not be appreciated (it will dry the potting compost out too quickly, giving more chance of leaf drop).
    3. Somewhere with high humidity (60-70%). Spraying the plant regularly will help - 2 or 3 times a day even!
     
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  • Care
  • Keep this plant growing well with a weekly watering - add plant food for leafy plants to the water fortnightly. During the summer you can water twice a week but only when the potting compost feels dry to the touch. The plant goes naturally into dormancy in November and December. During this time reduce watering, keep the plant on the dry side and stop feeding. Once the dormant period is over you can increase watering and feeding again as above.

    In living rooms with humidity below 50%, it is beneficial to spray once or twice daily. If your tap water is hard we recommend using rainwater or cooled boiled water to avoid lime marks spoiling the appearance of the leaves.

    This plant will grow naturally towards the light. This can easily be prevented, by rotating the plant by a quarter turn every month.

    Here's a tip: stand your plant pot and saucer on a wheeled base or turntable for easy movement.
    Extra tips
    Although a large houseplant, it will appreciate being stood outdoors on a warm rainy day. It will really perk up after a shower.

    During normal growth as the plant gets taller it is natural for the plant to lose its lower leaves. Therefore it is not always indicative of a problem if some of the leaves turn yellow – just as long as it keeps producing new ones.

    Remember all of the above and you can keep your dragon tree healthy and looking fresh for a long time.
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  • Specifics
  • Dracaena marginata is a strong and easy to grow houseplant.

    The dragon tree originated on the island of Madagascar and is planted in many (sub)tropical regions as a decorative addition to public areas. In temperate climes like ours, the Dracaena marginata is a very popular houseplant.

    Dracaena belongs to the lily and asparagus family (Asparagaceae).
    Sick Building Syndrome
    The harmful gas particles in the house, such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene are solvents and are often used in the production of chipboard and other wood household items such as kitchen cabinets and other pieces of furniture - or perhaps even as cleaning agents. These items of furniture often need time to disperse the gases contained in them and are often still dispersing when they already been placed in our homes and offices. This can often lead to a bad atmosphere that can cause headaches either in the home or at the office and the phenomenon is known as 'Sick Building Syndrome'.
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Dracaena marginata 
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Guarantee 100% Growth and Flowering guarantee
    Color Green
    Light preference partial sun ,  full shade
    Scented not scented
    Flowers for cutting no
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