Sunshine Dracaena

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  • Lovely Colored Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 7-8 Feet

The Sunshine Dracaena is an adaptable plant that is easy to care for and lovely to admire. A central woody stem and long, thin leaves create a tree-like appearance. The Dracaena marginata 'Sunshine' or Dragon Tree has light-green foliage bordered with dark green and edged in burgundy. The leaves grow upwards and gently arch. Whether you are inexperienced or prone to bad luck with plants, or if you want to give your space a tropical vibe, the Sunshine Dracaena is the plant for you.

Best Locations For Growing Sunshine Dracaena

Feature the Sunshine Dracaena in a sunny entryway, living room, humid bathroom, or kitchen. This adaptable plant can easily live in various conditions, but lots of sunlight and increased humidity are preferred.  

Sunshine Dracaena Sunlight Requirements

Bright sunlight increases the intensity of the foliage color and helps this plant push out new foliage. Dracaena can live in direct sunlight but in limited quantities. An area that receives bright direct sunlight in the morning and indirect sunlight in the afternoon is best.

Sunshine Dracaena Care

Dracaena need to be repotted every couple of years. Growth may slow as the plant outgrows its pot, so it may be time to repot if you notice slowed growth. Roots may peak through the pot bottom, indicating the plant needs a new container. Select a new pot that is 1 - 2 inches larger than the original. 

Watering Sunshine Dracaena

Sunshine Dracaena’s foliage needs extra moisture in the air to stay lush. Place this plant in a naturally humid area or use a pebble tray. Water when the top few inches of the soil are dry, and remove excess water from the tray or cache pot. 

Feeding Sunshine Dracaena

Feeding Dracaena helps encourage new growth and keeps the plant looking its best. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every couple of weeks during the spring and summer. Houseplants commonly stop growing during the fall and winter. Plants that are not actively growing do not need to be fertilized.

Sunshine Dracaena Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, 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: 7-8 feet
Mature Spread: 3 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: White Sticky Flower
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Dark Green Sword Shaped Leaves with Light Green Stripes
Temperature: 70° - 72°F (21° - 22°C)
Humidity: Above Average (60% - 80%)
Common Name: Sunshine Dracaena
Other Name(s): Dragon Tree
Scientific Name: Dracaena marginata 'Sunshine'
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.

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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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