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Name: Marisa
Illinois
Mrob94
Apr 26, 2018 4:00 PM CST
I got this plant from an acquaintance a few years ago. If I remember correctly, since I have had the plant, it's leaves have been somewhat droopy like they are now but it used to be a lot fuller. Every time I look up photos of other dragon trees I notice that the leaves stick straight up on most of them, but mine is nothing like that.

I always wait until the soil is dry before I water it. I currently have it located 30 degrees left of my southeast facing window but I have had it in 3 or 4 different locations since I've had it. I changed the soil once when I recieved it and once about a year ago.

I am not sure if I need a new pot or if I need to change watering habits or what??

I'm basically just wondering if it seems healthy or if there is something I can do to make my plant healthier.

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plantladylin
Apr 26, 2018 4:28 PM CST
Your Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) looks fine to me. I've always thought that light intensity had something to do with the form. I've grown many Dracaena marginata's over the years; some planted in the ground as well as a few containers that stay outside year round and containers that stay on a screened porch. The plants that stay outside in higher light situations, always seem to have leaves growing in a more upright habit while the others in more shady locations (indoor and screened porch) have more droopy leaves, giving more of a palm-like appearance.







The pot your plant is currently in appears a bit large for the plant; I would definitely not repot to anything larger.
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Name: Marisa
Illinois
Mrob94
Apr 26, 2018 4:39 PM CST
That's good news! Thanks so much!
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WillC
Apr 26, 2018 5:29 PM CST
It is definitely a light intensity issue. In direct sun, Marginata leaves are much thicker and more upright. In reduced light, such as yours, the leaves are softer and more arching. One is no better than the other - just different. No need to change anything.
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