How To Make Your Plants Happy: Madagascar Dragon Tree Care Guide

Drawing of Madagascar Dragon Tree


Ideal lighting is bright, indirect light but can also survive in lower light areas. The lower the light the lower the growth rate, which may create smaller leaves. Keep out of direct sunlight to avoid the leaves from burning.        


Water when the topsoil is dry, about every 10 days. Only water when the top 50% of the soil is dry as overwatering can cause root rot. Reduce watering in winter.       


Prefers warmer climates of around 70°F - 80°F but any comfortable room temperature is fine. Normal household humidity is fine but misting if your air is dry is advised. This plant likes fresh air so consider putting near an open window opposed to a stuffy room.        


This plant is a slow grower and can grow up to 8' tall indoors but are seen to grow up to 70' tall in nature. It is not a heavy feeder but fertilizer monthly plant food in the spring and summer, it prefers a well-balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Do not feed in the fall or winter.


This plant can be repotted any time of year, but late spring is best. It does not need to be repotted often as it can grow quite tall with a small rootball. Only repot every 2 years at most to give the plant fresh, nutritious soil. Use a well-draining soil when repotting.


The dragon tree can be propagated through stem cuttings. Use clean scissors to cut off a branch from your tree. Place the cutting in water and give it bright, indirect light. The cutting will start to root within about 3 weeks and you can transfer it to fresh potting soil. 


Extremely poisonous to cats and dogs if ingested.

Madagascar dragon tree styled on a table

About the Madagascar Dragon Tree

Botanical Name: Dracaena marginata cane

Nicknames: Madagascar Dragon Tree, Rainbow Plant, Dragon Tree, Dragon Plant

The Madagascar Dragon Tree has long, thick dark green leaves trimmed in red that have a grassy look. The canes of the plant are thick, woody, and durable. This plant is very hardy and easy to care for, making it great for beginners. It is a taller houseplant option and can grow up to 8' tall indoors, perfect for an empty corner in your home. This plant is great for filtering your air by removing xylene and trichloroethylene from indoor air. 

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