Question: Dracena marginata
I am the owner of a dracaena marginata. The tips of the same were mistakenly cut as they turned yellow, can I remedy this error ?.
If yes, how?
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Family and genderfirst nameleavesoriginheightNoteMin. Temperature Dracжna fragrans Very pleasant for striated leaves Tropical Africa 1, 20 m The species is rarely sold, but some striped cultivars are very common. 13 ° CIdeal between 15 and 17 Dracaena goldieana Oval leaves, of a beautiful bright green and with evident veining and silvery streaks Asia 0,30 cm Rather widespread.It wants a lot of humidity and fears cold currents 18 ° C Dracaena godseffiana It has tufts of two or three dark green leaves, oval with spots or cream dots Central Africa About 50 cm It does not need much humidity 10 ° C Dracaena marginata Shiny dark green leaves with red edges Madagascar Up to 3 m Very tolerant and easy to grow About 15 ° CIdeal 18 ° C "Lucky Bamboo" (Dracaena sanderiana) Bright green leaves with a wavy edge Central Africa Up to 90 cm Slow growth Endure lack of moisture About 10 ° CDracena temperature
For a plant that lives in an apartment the temperature should always be around 18 ° C. Important, especially with higher temperatures, is the maintenance of a good environmental humidity. This can be favored by the use of special humidifiers or by steaming the leaves several times a day, especially in the afternoon.
The first signs of discomfort are a drying out of the leaves (and then their fall). Usually this happens when the temperatures are too low.
If instead they change color and turn to reddish-brown it is probable that the plant receives little light.
From mid-spring to September (and in any case until the temperatures drop below 18 ° C) it is certainly a good idea to move our specimens outside, in a bright area, but where the sun does not reach them directly ( the ideal is to place them under a deciduous tree, under a pergola or in an open veranda). Also in this case, especially during the summer, our intervention to maintain a good degree of humidity will be crucial. This can be achieved by wetting the floor near the plants or by placing containers containing water and expanded clay.
The ideal time to do this work is the beginning of spring.
We choose a container of the right size for our specimen. If we want to obtain a very full effect, similar to a bush, we can also insert more than one dragon into the same vase, taking care only that this is well proportioned to their needs.
On the bottom a thick draining layer will be created with glass marbles, expanded clay beads or gravel.
We check that the root system is healthy and not too developed. If there are problems we can intervene with well-disinfected and sharpened scissors.
Insert the plant in the center and add soil, compressing it well. All the preparations for green plants are suitable, eventually adding with some mature flour manure.
At this point we give water. We do not leave the saucer, as water stagnation is a frequent cause of rot. For some time we also avoid fertilizing.
Irrigation and fertilization
During the vegetative period the irrigations must be rather frequent: generally one proceeds once a week. However, always make sure, before administering water, that the soil is really dry, even in depth. In this way we will avoid radical asphyxia.
During the winter, on the other hand, we will be able to greatly reduce the doses, making sure only that the substrate does not become completely dry.
The fertilizations, from spring to autumn, are generally carried out every 15 days, using a liquid product suitable for green plants. Before administering it, we wet the substrate well, so that there is no damage to the roots due to an overdose.
Dracena grown in the ground
Some varieties of dracena can be grown in open land in coastal areas and in central and southern Italy.
Here are the most available:
SUITABLE FOR CULTIVATION IN FULL LAND
|Dracaena australis||Brown-green, arched leaves|| Originally from New Zealand.|
It can reach 6 meters in height
|It bears up to -5 ° C|
|Dracaena draco||Leathery, glaucous and lanceolate leaves|| Spontaneous in the Canaries.|
It can reach 3 meters in height
It tolerates drought very well.
It has very slow growth, but is very long-lived.
Withstands up to -4 ° C, especially if kept for a short time.