Other Common Name: Madagascar Dragon Tree or Red Edged Dracaena
Temperature: 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit
The Marginata is a very popular houseplant that needs little attention. They can grow to be fifteen feet tall. The long, skinny pointed leaves are gorgeous with red to purple stripes along the outer edge. The leaves will accumulate dust so you might have to wipe them off with a damp cloth every now and again.
Marginata will tolerant low light, however it will grow faster and richer in bright light. And then on the other hand when it is exposed to too much light the leaves may become bleached. You will be able to tell based on the color of the leaves if your free plant is happy or not. The one thing it will not tolerate is cold temperatures and frost, do not keep this plant in temperatures under fifty degrees.
Plant your Marginata in well drained soil. Try to keep the soil moist. It is very important to not let the water accumulate in the saucer it may cause root rot. Also if you smell something bad and not sure what it is…you may be watering your Marginata too much. Marginatas like to be feed every month with a liquid foliage plant fertilizer, ask your local gardening center which one will work best in your area. Pruning is very simple, if the plant stems become too long just cut them off at the desired height and new leaves will appear soon.
As your Marginata grows you will appreciate it more and more. It is not only a beautiful looking plant but it has also been proven though the NASA clean air study to help remove formaldehyde from the air.