The Q&A Archives: Marginata

Question: I was given a plant and it's sticker says Marginata. I don't know what type it is. It is a few feet tall, and has very long thin solid green leaves. The stock? reminds me of a palm tree. It is not doing very well. I'm just not sure what care to give it?

Answer: Your plant is probably Dracaena marginata. It's easy to grow as a houseplant, or outdoors in spring and summer. It's sensitive to wind and to cold winter weather, so plan to take yours indoors soon. Dracaenas take low- to bright light conditions (even some direct sunlight). Water when the top inch of soil dries out, and water thoroughly, until water runs out of the holes of the containers. The plants are not heavy feeders, but you can encourage new growth by feeding in the spring and summer with a diluted liquid fertilizer. Don't feed in the winter time. Eventual height of your dracaena is about 12 feet with two-foot long leaves.

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