The Q&A Archives: Sapphire Dragon Tree

Question: I would like to know if this tree grows well in lawns and how deep will the hole have to be if the first 6-8 inches are good soil and then there is sandstone? Do I have to bore a hole in the sandstone and if so how deep?

Answer: Dracaena draco, the Dragon Tree, grows slowly to about 20', and requires very little water. If you plant it at the edge of your lawn, rather than right in the center of the lawn, it won't have to struggle in a too-wet growing area. The roots of the tree will penetrate the lower layers of soil, but you should dig a hole at least twice the size of the root mass when you plant, just to give the tree a good start. After you loosen the soil, plant the tree at the same level it was growing in the container and backfill with the soil you removed from the hole, tamping it down to exclude pockets of air near the roots. Then water well.

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