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The Madagascar dragon tree (Dracaena marginata) produces round tufts of spiked foliage on top of long, woody stems. As the plant increases in height, its leaves die back, keeping the stems bare. Sometimes, growers braid a potted Madagascar dragon tree’s stems together, creating a decorative, single-stemmed standard. Whether indoors or out, this broadleaf evergreen requires bright, indirect sunlight and temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Below a darker green variety can use less indirect light then a colorful tricolor species under the office directory Boston, MA
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Water the braided Madagascar dragon tree when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil becomes dry. Fill the pot directly with water from a watering can. Wait for the excess water to drain from the pot’s bottom. Fill the pot with water one to two additional times to evenly moisten the soil. Decrease water to when the top 3 inches becomes dry during the fall and winter, while the plant’s growth becomes slow or stops in your interior office landscape Boston, MA.
Select a drainage tray with a diameter equal to, or 1 to 3 inches larger than, the pot’s diameter. Fill the tray with rocks or marbles. Pour water into the tray over the marbles, filling it one-half to two-thirds full. Place the tray underneath the Madagascar dragon tree’s pot to allow the water to evaporate and rise upward around the plant, increasing the humidity level. Re-fill the tray as needed. Never overfill the tray to the point that the pot’s bottom sits in standing water.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of 10-10-10 nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium water-soluble fertilizer with 1 gallon water in a watering can. Pour the solution into the plant’s pot, filling it full. Fertilize the plant every two weeks during the active growing season. Stop applications in the fall once plant growth slows and stops. Resume fertilization in the spring once active growth begins. At PDI we resume fertilization around March 15th.
Remove any dead or yellow-to-brown leaves from the Madagascar dragon tree as they appear. Pull the leaves from the plant or cut through their stems with a pair of pruning shears. Discard the leaves in a trash bin.
Trim off any suckers or side shoots that appear at the base of plant’s trunk or from the surrounding soil. Cut each of these stems off with pruning shears, as close to its base as possible without cutting into or damaging the trunk. Cut off any suckers that emerge from the soil at ground level.
Braid the tops of the Madagascar dragon tree’s stems together as they increase in height. Cut or untie any existing ties or wires wrapped around the top of the braid. Cross one branch gently over another, continuing with the existing braids pattern. Do not pull or bend the stems severely to avoid breaking them. Wrap a plant tie around the tops of the braided stems, pulling it tight enough to hold them in place without digging into their bark or constricting their future growth. Repeat this process as needed Boston, MA
Check the plant’s leaves and braided trunk each time you water for the presence of round, brown scale and webbing spun by spider mites. Mix 2 tablespoons of neem oil with 1 gallon of water in a spray bottle or tank sprayer. Set the plant outdoors, if it resides inside, in a well-ventilated area with a constant temperate of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and bright, indirect sunlight. Spray neem oil onto the infested foliage and stems, coating it completely. Leave the plant outdoors for one week. Re-spray the plant every seven to 14 days until the pests disappear. Wait at least seven days after spraying before moving the plant back indoors Boston, MA
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