Marginata Cane Dracaena

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  • Low-Maintenance Tropical
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 6-10 feet

Do you find yourself blankly staring at an empty space in your home or office that’s begging to be filled with color and height? If so, then, Marginata Cane Dracaena, otherwise known as Dragon Tree, is ready to come to your rescue. This tropical plant, native to Madagascar, has palm-shaped, emerald leaves etched in crimson and a unique trunk that is visible above your pot’s soil. Growing as tall as 7 feet, this tenacious, minimal fuss evergreen is also the ideal choice for any gardening newbie or person who has little free time to spare.

Best Locations For Growing Marginata Cane Dracaena

Marginata Cane Dracaena thrives in bright to medium, indirect light, temperatures ranging between 70° to 80° F, and humidity levels ranging between 60% to 80%. Take caution, as Marginata Cane Dracaena is toxic to dogs and cats.

Marginata Cane Dracaena Sunlight Requirements

Marginata Cane Dracaena prefers medium to bright, indirect light. While this topical evergreen can also survive periods of low light, its leaves can lose their variegated reddish etchings. Any room with south-facing, west-facing or east-facing windows will suffice; however, place this lovely house plant a few feet away from any windows with direct light.

Marginata Cane Dracaena Care

Marginata Cane Dracaena prefers loamy, acidic, well-draining soil. A good house plant potting soil amended with peat moss and perlite/coco coir should suffice.

While Marginata Cane Dracaena does not require frequent pruning, dead leaves should be trimmed in order to promote growth and prevent disease. Pinching your plant at the growth tips is recommended for promoting bushier growth. 

This slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen will normally need to be repotted only every two to three years, preferably at the beginning of the growing season. Simply select a pot that is one to two inches bigger than the old pot.

Watering Marginata Cane Dracaena

This drought-tolerant tropical does not require frequent watering. Check for moisture before watering: insert your finger 1 to 2 inches into the soil and water if it is dry. If not, wait one to two days to conduct another moisture check. These moisture checks will help prevent fungal disease. 

Feeding Marginata Cane Dracaena

Feed your Marginata Cane Dracaena a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month except during this plant’s dormant period during the autumn and winter months. Watch for leaves that are turning brown; this may be an indication of over-fertilizing. During the flowering season, switching to a low-nitrogen fertilizer will prove beneficial to encouraging bigger and more vibrant blooms.

Marginata Cane Dracaena Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 6-10 feet
Mature Spread: 3-6 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: White
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Purple, Red
Foliage Description: Rich Green In Color with Deep Purple Colored Margins
Temperature: 65° - 90°F (18° - 32°C)
Humidity: Above Average (60% - 80%)
Common Name: Marginata Cane Dracaena
Other Name(s): Dragon Tree
Scientific Name: Dracaena marginata
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

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