Plant Care Dragon tree

Dragon tree

4.5 out of 5 (289 experiences)

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

Also known as

Dracaena, Madagasgar Dragon and Aron


Dracaena marginata

How to care for Dragon tree


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 located in Nashville, Tennessee.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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

Plant care guide for Dragon tree in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

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Growing Dragon tree in Nashville right now

Light needs for plant Dragon tree in Nashville, Tennessee

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 8th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Nashville is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determi…

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Light needs for plant Dragon tree in Nashville, Tennessee

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 20.5% ☀️

December 8th, 2021

Nashville is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Nashville is expected to decrease by 20.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.9 megajoules of energy per m2

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Light needs for plant Dragon tree in Nashville, Tennessee

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 7th, 2021

This month, Nashville is getting an average of 8.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.5 total hours of day…

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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 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Nashville, Tennessee ⛅.


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.

When to repot Dragon tree

Nutrient needs for plant Dragon tree in Nashville, Tennessee

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 8th, 2021

The growing potential in Nashville is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best t…

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Difficulty Level

Dragon tree is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Dragon tree

Dragon tree

Dragon tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Dragon tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 189
Dragon tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 81
Dragon tree has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 72
Dragon tree has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 65
Dragon tree has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 34
Dragon tree has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 25
Dragon tree has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
Dragon tree has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 9
Megan avatar
leaf-1 118 Plants
xp 7,170 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia

Super easy plant. Doesn’t need water all that often and is pretty good at telling you when it does (it gets droopy).

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 211 XP
globe Nelson

Love the dragon tree. So easy just water and leave.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 80 Plants
xp 2,553 XP
globe Los Angeles, California

It having good luck with my dragon trees at all

Browns easily Browns easily
Kristalee avatar
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 1,421 XP

I love how the leaves very clearly tell me when it needs water. “Oh are you droopy and sad? Want a drink?”

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leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 1,838 XP


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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 365 XP
globe Sicklerville, New Jersey

This is one of the only trees that has survived being owned by me. 😂 I’m getting better and it’s looking much better now too. It’s definitely a survivor!

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 1,107 XP
globe Decatur, Georgia

Purchased a humidifier for my indoor plants hoping it will help them flourish, guide says this plant likes humidity. Misting wasn’t doing enough, grows faithfully I propagated it into three stalks. Will eventually group them together. It is a very low maintenance plant, I tend to talk to my plants each morning not sure that helps but this plant has been with me for 12 years.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
R_l15748 avatar
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 1,838 XP


Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 130 XP
globe Conway, South Carolina

Super easy! I really don’t do anything to her but water and sunlight!

Survivor Survivor
Emmamars avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 111 XP

Very pretty but somewhat hard to take care of. Browns fairly easily. Not very beginners friendly.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Bournemouth, England

So cuteeee

Survivor Survivor
Nubiangoddessjayda avatar
leaf-1 80 Plants
xp 2,553 XP
globe Los Angeles, California

Not having a great experience with this plant but I’m learning to take care of it fast cause it was dying fast now I’m hanging on by a string

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 499 XP
globe Ligonier, Pennsylvania

This plant will bounce back after a little neglect

Survivor Survivor
Taylor97 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 201 XP
globe Saint George, Ontario

Love my dragon tree! Easy to look after and does well if left alone for a while.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Jmplantlover avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 304 XP

She’s a strong independent woman and fights even when it’s a cat trying to use her as a scratching post

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 146 XP
globe Cedar Park, Texas

Simple plant an easy back bro’s fast and survives bugs

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 124 XP
globe Allegany, New York

Doing great

Survivor Survivor
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@Sara jane
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 464 XP
globe Italy Cross, Nova Scotia

It hasn’t grown much in the couple years I’ve had it. I love a plant that blooms and I can see it’s nee growth. This ons has only really got taller. That is all.

Survivor Survivor
Jenn avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 439 XP
globe Ajax, Ontario

I've had this plant for 35 years. It's adapted to any place I put it

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 93 Plants
xp 3,213 XP

I’ve had this palm for about six years it has traveled with me when I moved 7 states! She is definitely a survivor and easy to care for!

Survivor Survivor

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