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Dragon Tree - Ultimate Care Guide

Dracaena marginata

The Dragon Tree is a colorful addition to your desktop or counter at home. This plant can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions which makes it great for homes that might not receive direct sunlight. 

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  • Madagascar Dragon Tree

Quick Dragon Tree Stats

  • Dragon Trees will perform best in bright, indirect sunlight. 
  • Dragon Trees can grow in artificial light.
  • Water when the top inch of soil becomes dry. 
  • Dragon Trees are not pet-friendly and can cause vomiting.

Light Requirements

The Madagascar Dragon Tree can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions. They will perform the best when in a brighter location, but not directly in the sun. If you lack windows, it can also grow in artificial light. 

Water Requirements

Water your Dragon Tree when the top inch or so of the soil starts to dry. The plant holds up to dry conditions well, so you don't have to worry about it dying if you miss a watering or two. 

Humidity Preference

If your Madagascar Dragon Tree develops brown leaf tips, the most common cause is low humidity. Add more moisture to the air by grouping it near other houseplants, moving it to a humid room such as a bathroom, or setting your Dragon Tree on a large tray filled with pebbles and water.

Optimum Temperature

A room temperature of 65-78 degrees work well with this plant. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

Plant Food

For best results, feed your plant every month during the spring and summer with diluted liquid fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

Additional Care

If you wish to prune your Madagascar Dragon Tree, you can cut the top off; it will sprout new branches. You can plant the part you cut off in moist potting mix and it may root and grow into another plant. Madagascar dragon tree is considered toxic to pets.


The Dragon Tree is not pet-friendly and may cause vomiting, depression, and weakness in pets. 

The Dracaena marginata was featured in the January Snow Moon 2020 Lunarly Box.


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