The dragon of Madagascar must never be placed in places where the temperature can drop below seven-eight degrees. In the milder areas, it can be planted in the garden, in a place very sheltered from winds and frost. The plant does not suffer from exposure to the sun even if it prefers a semi-shaded exposure. In summer, if the plant is in a pot, it is advisable to place it outside, possibly in a position not too sunny.
During the spring and summer period, the dragon plants of Madagascar must be watered abundantly, taking care to spray the leaves periodically. During the winter period, watering should be very reduced. In any case, it is not advisable to leave water in the saucer: these plants, in fact, do not stand water stagnation.
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Dracaena comes from the Greek drakaina meaning dragon, from the dragon tree (Dracena draco) Canary Islands. The spontaneously margined Dracaena is much narrower and longer than those normally available on the market. In fact, the latter are pruned to increase the branching. This technique can also be used at home, cutting the trunk that has now lost its leaves. Very important is the healing of the wound to avoid the onset of fungal diseases, which often affect this plant.
It is advisable to carry out this operation in April and May, to encourage the emission of new buds.
The repotting of margined dragon plants or Madagascar is usually to be carried out every two or three years, taking care not to increase the size of the pot much so as not to alter the right proportions between the aerial apparatus and the root system. The soil will have to be very peaty with the addition of pumice stone to increase drainage.
It is very important to provide fertilizer to the margined dragon to get a healthy and shiny foliage. It is recommended to use ternary fertilizers, with the addition of iron. During the spring and summer period, fertilise twice a month. Stop fertilising during the winter period.
Dracena from Madagascar – Dracaena marginata: Parasites and diseases
The parasites that most frequently attack these plants are the cochineals, which form round white and grey scales on the leaves and stems.
To treat the cochineal, the plant should be thoroughly sprayed with white oil mixed with a specific pesticide.
As for diseases, dracaenes suffer greatly from the radical rottenness that attacks the trunk making it soft. The aerial apparatus can also be affected (irregular yellowish brown spots are formed and small rust-coloured spots are created on the underside of the leaf). Use a specific fungicide.