D. marginata has thin, red-margined leaves that emerge from the top of bare, woody stems giving it an almost palmlike look. It is an easy plant to grow, in either a sunny, though not in direct sun, or shady spot in the house. From spring to summer feed every two weeks with a balanced liquid fertiliser and then sparingly in winter. As with all dracaenas, D. marginata makes an attractive, evergreen foliage plant for indoors and has has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence. It is susceptible to red spider mite so check the underside of leaves for mottled brown patches when buying.
Plant type: General houseplant
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Beginner
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