Dracena marginata palo blando
We have received an inquiry from our social networks about the dracaena marginata, a very typical indoor plant. A follower asks us how to take care of this plant if one of the feet has dried out.First of all, the marketing process of these plants should be taken into account. Dracaenas marginata are usually grown in tropical areas. Then, trunks of varying thickness and length are harvested and transported to the Netherlands where they are planted in pots. From these trunks, they begin to sprout and are then offered for sale to garden centers. What happens if the stem dries out?1. Dry stemIf one of the stems of the dracaena dries out, that’s okay. That stem may have rotted due to excess moisture. Simply remove it and the rest of the stems will continue to grow normally.2. Dry branchIf instead of drying out the entire trunk is only a part of the branch, just cut that piece to continue growing the rest of the plant.3. New budsIf you lose the terminal bud of the branch, just cut it and, from that cut, three new shoots will be born.Main care of dracaena marginataThe dracaena is a very hardy houseplant but it is important not to overwater it. Here you have more tips on dracaena marginata care, don’t miss the rest of the gardening consultations, they will surely solve some of your most recurrent doubts.
The Dracaena deremensis (photo below) originating from Derema in East Africa (typical of the Usambara forests in Tanzania) is a plant that never reaches remarkable dimensions. In fact, it can reach at most one and a half meters. It has tapering leaves striated with white, which hang downwards, carried by rigid stems.
This Dracaena is also known as «palos de la felicidad» or «palo del Brasil» or «palo de Brasil» or «Árbol de la felicidad». The tree of happiness is a cutting that, placed in a pot, within three months develops leaves and roots and very often lose variegation giving the typical sticks of happiness.
Dracaena godseffiana (photo below) is undoubtedly the most characteristic. The leaves are short, green and dotted with white spots, with a bushy habit. It can also reach two meters in height.
Dracaena marginata (photo below) is a plant native to Madagascar. One of its characteristics is that as it grows, as the stem lengthens and the lower leaves fall, they leave protuberances that constitute a graceful decorative element. Another characteristic is due to the fact that the leaves also develop in the basal part: this is due to the fact that dormant buds sprout from below the surface of the soil. This occurs when the plant is kept in full sun because it has a better transport of the products of chlorophyll photosynthesis.
Cómo dar forma a la dracaena marginata
Es una de las plantas más habituales en los viveros, y no es de extrañar: su belleza y fácil cultivo la convierten en una especie muy interesante para cultivar tanto en interior como, si el clima es cálido, en exterior. Hablamos, por supuesto, de la Dracaena marginata, un arbusto-árbol de hojas bicolores que tanto nos gusta.
Nuestra protagonista es un arbusto o árbol que suele crecer hasta los 5 metros, pero que en el hábitat y en climas tropicales cálidos puede superarlos y llegar a los 10m. Su nombre científico es Dracaena marginata o Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia, y se conoce con los nombres comunes de dracena, dracena marginata o dracaena de hoja fina.
Puede tener uno o varios troncos cuyo grosor no supera los 40 cm de diámetro. Las hojas son de lineales a lanceoladas, de 30-90cm de largo por 2-7cm de ancho, con un margen rojo oscuro. Existe una variedad, ‘Pink’, que es más rosa-anaranjada.
La Dracaena marginata es una planta que resiste la sequía, pero no demasiado. Además, le perjudica el encharcamiento. Por eso, para evitar problemas, además de plantarla en un suelo bien drenado, es muy recomendable que antes de regarla compruebe la humedad del mismo. ¿Cómo hacerlo? Muy fácil:
Dracaena in english
Dracaena fragrans is a tropical shrub belonging to the Asparagaceae family, formerly included in the Ruscaceae. In gardening it is popularly known as Brazilwood, Palo de Brasil or Palo de Agua.
Slow-growing shrub, the leaves, which can reach up to 1 m long by 10 cm wide, form bright green rosettes, similar to mint color. When the plants are grown in the ground, they can reach a height of more than 6 meters, but their growth is limited when potted. Flowers are white and very fragrant, hence the specific name fragrans. They are highly prized by insects, and in the Neotropics it is visited by a few species of hummingbird such as Amazilia lactea..
It is a popular houseplant because of its tolerance to neglect and varying light levels, as well as removing chemicals from the air. It can also be grown outside in DAEU hardiness zones 10+.
Many are grown for their variegation. The most popular is ‘Massangeana’ which is grown worldwide. The leaves are dark green with yellow and lime green stripes down the center. Also popular is ‘Compacta/Janet Craig’. Its leaves are also dark and, as the name implies, it is a compact version. The cultivars ‘Lemon Lime’, with lemon yellow edges and lime green center, and ‘Warneckii’, with green leaves and white stripes, are also well known.