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Get a Dash of the Rain Forest With Madagascar Dragon Tree

This living decoration reaches up to 15 feet, has minimal needs and adapts to different light levels — just steer clear of fluoride Full Story
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Love these plants!
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As an interior landscaper, I have cared for hundreds of these plants, and it's one of my favorites. They really thrive on neglect! Most people who have trouble with them are overwatering - the soil has to get almost dry all the way to the bottom of the pot between waterings. The best thing to do is check the soil with a kebob skewer as if testing a cake. You should feel only the barest hint of moisture on the skewer. If you start to see brown tips on the leaves, that would be the first sign that the soil is too wet. Here are a couple of videos that explain more about soil testing, and brown leaf tips.
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Brown tips can be confusing, because they can be symptomatic of a number of conditions; however, the most likely cause is overwatering.

Marginatas are very adaptable, and will adjust to whatever humidity you have in your home. It is not necessary to worry about misting - which is basically useless because the effect on humidity lasts about 15 minutes - or water trays, or anything like that. They are damaged by temperatures lower than 40 degrees, and a plant that has been indoors will be burned by sun if you put it outside.

Try keeping your plants clean with a weekly dusting using a fluffy duster. An occasional spray ( monthly should be sufficient) with soapy water - 1 teaspoon mild soap in a pint of water - on both tops and undersides of leaves will control spider mites and mealy bug.
September 15, 2013 at 7:08pm   
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