Dracaena marginata, or dragon plant, is closely related to yuccas. Sturdy, versatile and forgiving of most abuse, this slow-growing plant is quite undemanding and lends itself well to indoor culture. The rugged, easy maintenance member of the lily family is a good choice for the novice plant keeper.
Place your dracaena marginata in a warm spot in the brightest room in your home. Locate it near a window, if possible. Keep this plant out of direct sun and drafts. Ideal daytime temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees F. Cooler overnight temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees F are well-tolerated.
Water the marginata thoroughly to evenly moisten the soil. Allow it to drain freely, and empty the tray. This plant's pot should never be allowed to sit in water. Don't water again until the soil surface feels dry to your touch. If leaf tips turn brown, the plant is probably getting too much water. Yellowing leaves indicate underwatering.
Feed your dracaena an all-purpose, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer once monthly during the spring and summer. Follow the packaging instructions carefully.
Wipe dust from the leaves with a soft cloth dampened with water as needed. Don't use polish or leaf shine.
Trim brown tips or other leaf damaged areas from the marginata's leaves with clean, sharp scissors as they may occur.
Cut stems back to a manageable height with clean, sharp shears if your marginata becomes too tall or lanky for your taste. Pruning in this manner will force the stems to branch and produce foliage on the new growth.