Dracaena Marginata plants, commonly known as Madagascar dragon trees make excellent office or houseplants with their ability to survive in low light conditions for decades.  Marginata’s plants have ribbon like leaves that are dark green with a thin marginata strip down the middle.

The Madagascar Dragon plant loves bright indirect sunlight but will live on low light conditions. Be careful, if the plant is placed in direct sunlight the leaves can actually become sunburned and will brown.

HortyGirl Dragon Tree Potted Plant - Plant care - Marginata in ceramic on wood baseWatering tips for your dragon tree?

Let the soil dry between watering so that it feels slightly moist.  Tell-tale signs it’s time to water? The Dracaena Marginata leaves will begin to droop and feel limp.  Your watering patterns should change with each season though, so in the winter and fall months, let the soil completely dry out before watering as they are receiving less light.


A FOOLPROOF METHOD TO WATER Dracaena Marginata Plant aka Madagascar Dragon Tree, use a wood or bamboo skewer (kitchenware) and insert into the soil and pull it out. Feel/notice if it feels dry, wet or moist – If the skewer feels COMPLETELY DRY, it’s time to water it.

To learn more about watering your plants, please see our “How do I Know When to Water my Plants?” article.

Don’t worry if you underwater your Marginata, as it can last a little bit without having any serious effects of a drought.

Pesky friends?

Marginata can sometimes get spider bites, mealy bugs, and scale on their leaves.  If this occurs, mix up a soapy mixture and spray the plant twice a day until the bugs are gone.

Have you bought a Marginata plant from Horty Girl?  We would love to hear from you!