Madagascar Dragon Bonsai Tree, scientific name Dracena marginata, is native to Madagascar.
This is a durable and easy-to-care plant, that can tolerate a wide range of conditions. Grown for its reddish foliage, it makes an attractive indoor plant.
Scientific name: Dracena marginata
Common Names: Madagascar Dragon, Red Edged Dracaena, Colorama Dracaena.
Origin: Native to Madagascar.
Appearance: It has a slender trunk with long, linear, narrow, arching leaves that are attached to the stem without a stalk. Leaves have green and red to purple stripes along the outer edge creating the overall greenish-red effect.
Flowering: It produces small fragrant flowers that emerge on stalks a the ends of the stems. Flowers are followed by yellow-orange berries.
Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.
Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade. Can tolerate low light conditions making it great for home or office.
Water Requirements: Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Allow to dry between waterings. Never allow the soil to dry out completely. Like most tropical plants, it likes high humidity. It will appreciate an occasional misting. Provide more water during the growing season and less during winter.
Hardiness: Grows best in the USDA Zones 10 – 12. Needs to be protected from freezing temperatures.
Fertilization: Fertilize it monthly with a balanced house plant fertilizer during the growing season.
Insects and Diseases: Mealybugs, scale, and mites.
Propagation: By air layering or stem cuttings.