Plant Care Dragon tree

Dragon tree

4.5 out of 5 (288 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

Taxonomy

Dracaena marginata
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

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 located in Phoenix, Arizona.

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.

Plant care guide for Dragon tree in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

57% Medium

Growing Dragon tree in Phoenix right now

Light needs for plant Dragon tree in Phoenix, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 4th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Dragon tree in Phoenix, Arizona

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 20.3% ☀️

December 4th, 2021

Phoenix is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Phoenix is expected to decrease by 20.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Dragon tree in Phoenix, Arizona

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 4th, 2021

This month, Phoenix is getting an average of 10.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of dayl…

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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 💪.️

Phoenix, Arizona currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help ensure this plant has adequate ingredients for growth by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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.

When to repot Dragon tree

Nutrient needs for plant Dragon tree in Phoenix, Arizona

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

December 4th, 2021

The growing potential in Phoenix is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any…

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FAQs
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:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Phoenix, Arizona, 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 188
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
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,135 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/24/2021

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
Hel3ng avatar
@Hel3ng
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 206 XP
globe Nelson
11/07/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Nubiangoddessjayda avatar
@Nubiangoddessjayda
leaf-1 82 Plants
xp 2,553 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
11/01/2021

It having good luck with my dragon trees at all

Browns easily Browns easily
Kristalee avatar
@Kristalee
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 1,421 XP
10/28/2021

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

R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 1,659 XP
10/15/2021

Resilient

Amiesplants avatar
@Amiesplants
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 361 XP
globe Sicklerville, New Jersey
10/12/2021

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
Jujubeans avatar
@Jujubeans
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,019 XP
globe Decatur, Georgia
10/08/2021

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
@R_l15748
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 1,659 XP
10/04/2021

Resilient

Survivor Survivor
Allireid avatar
@Allireid
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 130 XP
globe Conway, South Carolina
09/17/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Emmamars avatar
@Emmamars
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 111 XP
09/06/2021

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
Madeleine avatar
@Madeleine
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Bournemouth, England
09/05/2021

So cuteeee

Survivor Survivor
Nubiangoddessjayda avatar
@Nubiangoddessjayda
leaf-1 82 Plants
xp 2,553 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
09/02/2021

I’m
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
Polkadotgreenery avatar
@Polkadotgreenery
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 485 XP
globe Ligonier, Pennsylvania
08/07/2021

This plant will bounce back after a little neglect

Survivor Survivor
Taylor97 avatar
@Taylor97
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 200 XP
globe Saint George, Ontario
08/06/2021

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
@Jmplantlover
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 304 XP
07/29/2021

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
Jackattack4510 avatar
@Jackattack4510
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 146 XP
globe Cedar Park, Texas
07/28/2021

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

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Soccer21 avatar
@Soccer21
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 124 XP
globe Allegany, New York
07/27/2021

Doing great

Survivor Survivor
Sara jane avatar
@Sara jane
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 464 XP
globe Italy Cross, Nova Scotia
07/26/2021

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
@Jenn
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 439 XP
globe Ajax, Ontario
07/25/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Justplanty avatar
@Justplanty
leaf-1 90 Plants
xp 3,173 XP
07/24/2021

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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