|Sunlight||Part Shade, Part Sun|
|Mature Height||6-8 Feet|
|Mature Width||2-3 Feet|
The Red Edged Dracaena or Madagascar Dragon Tree is onNASA’s list of top 10 air cleaning plants. This amazingnatural air purifierdoesn’t just add oxygen to your home. Itfilters and removes pollutants, toxins, and carcinogensincluding benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene! These chemical compounds are thought to be responsible for Sick Building Syndrome so order a Dracaena or 3 for your workplace and your home to help keep you healthy!
It is hard to believe a simple houseplant can decrease your risk of cancer, asthma, allergies, auto-immune disorders and other diseases,but by filtering out harmful chemicals that is exactly what the Red Edged Dracaena does. For ideal purification NASA recommends a plant for every 100 square feet of living space.
This plant has acolorful, tropicallook. Variegated, spiky leaves are green and yellow with pinkish-red edges. These colorful foliage clumps sit on top of attractive bamboo-like canes which offers some Asian flair. Dracaenas can grow quite large, but rarely surpass 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide as a houseplant.
The Dracaena is a low maintenance houseplant. Simply water it when the soil begins to dry. This plant can grow in low light conditions, but will grow best inmedium to bright filtered light. The color is more vivid in brighter light and will dull in low light so keep this in mind when choosing a location for you Red Dragon plant.Fertilize with our balanced, slow release fertilizer twice per year for best growth. This plant can be grown outside as a patio plantbut needs some protection from the sun. It will need to be treated as an annual or moved in before temperatures drop below about 50 degrees. Dracaenas can be grown outside in tropical climates, zone 10 to 11.
Look for an area with filtered high to low light. Red Edged Dracaena can tolerate low light conditions but the accent colors will fade and they will grow slower. The good thing is they need less water.
Allow the soil to dry between waterings. Test the soil by pushing your finger about 1 inch below the surface. Water when it is dry to the touch. You are much more likely to over water a Dracaena that under water. These plants like a humid environment. So be sure to keep your houseplant away from drafts. If your home is very dry your plant may benefit from misting the leaves a couple times per week.
Keep your houseplant fertilized with our slow release fertilizer about twice per year. The fertilizer will feed the plant slowly over time and encourage growth.
Repot when you notice that the soil seems to be drying out every couple days or you see roots coming to the surface. These are indicators that your plant is becoming rootbound. Dracaena like to be somewhat rootbound though so don’t give your plant too much room in a new pot.
If you want to control the size of your Dracaena or stagger your canes, simply prune it where you want new growth to start.
This plant can be grown outside as a patio plantbut needs some protection from the sun. It will need to be treated as an annual or moved in before temperatures drop below about 50 degrees.