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Dracaena Marginata 6”

Dracaena Marginata 6”

Light Requirements

  • Brightness: Dracaena marginata thrives in bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.
  • Placement: Place your plant near an east or north-facing window. If you place it in a south or west-facing window, ensure it receives filtered light through a sheer curtain.


  • Frequency: Water when the top 1-2 inches of soil feel dry to the touch. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause the tips of the leaves to turn brown.
  • Method: Water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.

Humidity and Temperature

  • Humidity: Dracaena marginata prefers moderate humidity levels but can tolerate the average humidity found in most homes. If the air is very dry, especially in winter, increase humidity by using a humidifier, placing a water tray nearby, or misting the plant occasionally.
  • Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 55°F (13°C) and protect it from drafts or sudden temperature changes.

Soil and Fertilization

  • Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix. A mix designed for houseplants or a combination of peat, perlite, and a bit of compost works well for Dracaena marginata.
  • Fertilization: Feed your Dracaena marginata every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Reduce feeding during the fall and winter months.

Pruning and Cleaning

  • Pruning: Regularly prune to remove any dead or damaged leaves and to maintain the plant’s shape. Pruning can also encourage bushier growth. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.
  • Cleaning: Gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking vibrant. This also helps the plant to photosynthesize more efficiently.


  • Frequency: Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Spring is the best time to repot your Dracaena marginata.
  • Pot Selection: Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one and ensure it has drainage holes.

Pest Management

  • Common Pests: Dracaena marginata can be susceptible to pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and scale. Regular inspections and keeping the plant clean can help prevent infestations.
  • Control: If you notice pests, treat them early with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or by wiping them off with a damp cloth.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Yellowing Leaves: This can be caused by overwatering, underwatering, or poor drainage. Ensure proper watering practices and that the pot has adequate drainage.
  • Brown Leaf Tips: Often caused by low humidity, inconsistent watering, or fluoride in tap water. Increase humidity, ensure even watering practices, and use distilled or rainwater if necessary.
  • Drooping Leaves: Can be a sign of overwatering or root rot. Allow the soil to dry out and check the roots for rot. Repot if necessary.

General Tips

  • Acclimation: When bringing a new Dracaena marginata home, give it time to acclimate to its new environment. Avoid moving it frequently.
  • Rotation: Rotate the plant every few weeks to ensure even growth and prevent it from leaning towards the light source.
  • Observation: Pay attention to the plant’s overall health and make adjustments as needed. Healthy Dracaena marginata plants will have vibrant, sturdy leaves and show steady growth.

Care Instructions

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Additional Info

Each plant is unique; size, coloring, and shape fluctuate so your plant may be slightly different than the one pictured. However, you'll always receive a happy healthy plant hand-picked, and I won't give customers anything I wouldn't take home myself!

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