The Magenta Dragon Plant (Dracaena Marginata var 'Magenta') enjoys strong popularity among plant enthusiasts and for good reason: It's a beautiful plant, with strikingly thin leaves of glossy dark green edged in magenta stripes and it's almost shockingly easy to grow. Dragon plant actually prefers indirect sunlight and dry, low-nutrient soil, which means you can place it almost anywhere, give it no fertilizer and often even forget to water it and it will thrive. As long as the temperature is above 50°F and it isn't sitting in excess water, there's a fair chance magenta dragon plant will do well-and if something goes wrong, you can make a new dragon plant by cutting off the top and rooting it in loose potting soil or a glass of water.
Ed's Plant Profile
- Botanical Name: Dracaena
- Common Name: Dragon Tree, Marginata Magenta
- Family: Agavaceae
- Native Range: Africa
Ed's Care Guide
- Care Level: Moderate
- Light: Prefers bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight.
- Water: Water thoroughly and allow the of the soil to almost fully dry before watering again. In low light, allow the soil to dry completely before watering.
- Soil: Use a well draining potting mix.
- Humidity: Can tolerate average humidity environments
- Temperature: 50-80F
- Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
- Feeding: Requires little fertilizer. Fertilize once or twice a year in spring and summer with a basic houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. Excessive fertilizing will cause the leaf tips to burn.
- Propagation: Stem tip cuttings
- Growth: Slowly growing, strongly upright plant that tends to drop its lower leaves, exposing the stalk as it ages. Mature height 2 ft. to 8 ft.
- Pests: Generally resilient to pests
- Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets