Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)

My own Dragon Tree, from Ikea

The Dracaena Marginata is one of the most common indoor plants, usually seen in offices and the sort because of it's minimal care. This plant, as the name suggests, is native to Madagascar. It is slow growing, and can last for a long time if properly maintained. The leaves are a deep, glossy green with magenta edges. This plant is also a popular indoor plant because of its excellent air-cleaning aspects. It was one of the plants included in the NASA Clean Air Study, proven to effectively remove Formaldehyde. The NASA Clean Air Study is a study from which the results determined which plants were effective to naturally removing toxins inside buildings. These results helped to neutralize the Sick Building Syndrome, which is a syndrome most office workers and similar people can get from poor indoor air quality. I feel relieved that I won't get any such syndrome with the eight plants scattered about in my room, all of them helping to clean the air I breathe constantly.
The Madagascar Dragon Tree needs bright areas, but shouldn't be in direct sunlight, as this can burn the leaves. When there is low light, the plant will grow slowly. It prefers humidity, but can tolerate dry air, and the soil must just be kept slighty moist in winter, watering a little bit more during the growing season. However, the plant can still survive weeks without water, in case you forget, but surviving is not living, and it won't look it's best if you forget. The leaves easily accumulate dust, so I recommend cleaning them from time to time. These plants could catch Spider Mites, so be careful to maintain it. Spider mites are tiny bugs which feed on various plants, one female laying 20 eggs a day, the female doing this for two weeks or so. In my school, where you could often find them, they were nicknamed 'bloodsuckers', as they are bright red and when squished they form a liquid mush similar to a drop of blood, leading us to believe they fed on humans rather than plants. Nonetheless, they are still considered pests, so look out to make sure none nomnomnom on your Madagascar Dragon Tree.

 

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