Plant Care Dragon tree
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Dragon tree

4.5 out of 5 (253 experiences)

Dragon tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Dragon tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Dracaena

Taxonomy

Dracaena marginata
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

What other plant parents say

Dragon tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 165
Dragon tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 73
Dragon tree has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 64
Dragon tree has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 57
Dragon tree has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 31
Dragon tree has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 20
Dragon tree has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
Dragon tree has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 7
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@Athena61
Minneapolis, MN
Rating of the plant Dragon tree named Thomas by Athena61 on Greg, the plant care app
04/26/2021

Such an interesting shape. I chose this particular plant because I liked its form, and airy leaves. It really adds a nice contrast when added to other existing plants with more lush, larger leaves li…

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Dsplants avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Dragon tree named Frankie by Dsplants on Greg, the plant care app
04/09/2021

This plant survived for years in a too-small pot and really sporadic watering schedules and patches of altogether neglect before I brought it home from the office. Depsite having done no research on …

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@Tortoise
Little Rock, AR
Rating of the plant Dragon tree named drop by Tortoise on Greg, the plant care app
05/05/2021

I forgot to water this thing for like a month and he’s still perfectly fine! Not a single brown leaf!Would i say he’s the prettiest plant I have? No. But would I say if YOU like the look of them then…

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@Alison
Bentonville, AR
Rating of the plant Dragon tree named Fron by Alison on Greg, the plant care app
02/14/2021

They are wonderful survivors! I accidentally burned my leaves transporting it in a car...leaves hit the hot windshield. Anyway after a few days of all the leaves wilting and dying. I just cut them al…

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@Emmciv
Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
Rating of the plant Dragon tree named Terra by Emmciv on Greg, the plant care app
06/08/2021

This plant is so beautiful with its plentiful foliage that has the most delicate red lines around the leaf!! However, I find this plant can be tricky in terms of knowing when to water it. That is my …

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@Nishlaursen
Arvada, CO
Rating of the plant Dragon tree named Dragon 🐉 Palm by Nishlaursen on Greg, the plant care app
07/01/2021

Produces many pups at the base of plant which are easy to propagate. Really love the height of the palms, they are very long and interesting. We bring it inside for the winter and leave it under our …

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Getplanting avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Dragon tree named darci by Getplanting on Greg, the plant care app
04/27/2021

it browns the tips easily and not safe for pets. I like to put mine in shelf’s or somewhere where it looks empty. dragon tree takes up space and makes an area look modern and tropical. they spread ou…

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@Plantfather
Orlando, FL
Rating of the plant Dragon tree named kiki by Plantfather on Greg, the plant care app
03/30/2021

kiki is my second dragon tree, my first being a bigger one from ikea (which might’ve had a mealybug infestation) but the first one died so quickly. kiki fluctuates from doing great so being super dro…

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Jam1s0n avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Dragon tree named marge by Jam1s0n on Greg, the plant care app
05/03/2021

marge has been alive for over 18 years... maybe even longer! (it was at the workplace when we bought it, so who knows how long the previous had it before us). She has never showed any signs of troubl…

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@Kingbeck13
Olympia, WA
Rating of the plant Dragon tree named Toothless by Kingbeck13 on Greg, the plant care app
07/11/2021

My parents have had one of these FOREVER. I’m not sure it’s ever received consistent watering, but it looks perfectly fine! My cat does love to eat it so watch out for that! But these guys are beauti…

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How to care for Dragon tree

Water

How often to water your Dragon tree

Water needs for Dragon tree
0.5 cups
every 12

Dragon tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dragon tree

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Dragon tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dragon tree: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Dragon tree can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dragon tree in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Dragon tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dragon tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dragon tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Dragon tree

Dragon tree

Dragon tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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