Dracaena Tarzan Care
The Dracaena ‘Tarzan’ is a cultivar of Dracaena marginata, aka Red Edged Dracaena or the Madagascar Dragon Tree. Discovered by chance just over a decade ago in Homestead Florida, the Dracaena ‘Tarzan’ has thicker leaves and a thicker trunk than its genetic predecessor. It appreciates medium to medium high light, but is more accepting of low light conditions than standard Dracaenas.
Choose a location away from air vents and drafts, in a room where there’s natural light coming in from at least one window.
Dracaenas are averse to cold and cannot tolerate frost. Make sure you keep it away from an open window during the winter, as it will die within hours of exposure.
PRO TIP: Rotate your tree once a month to keep it standing straight and tall. Dracaenas can become unbalanced a with denser foliage on one side of the plant if they aren’t rotated regularly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Help! The leaves of my new dracaena turning yellow.
- There’s a period of adjustment that all plants go through when settling in to new environments. However, dracaenas are particularly sensitive to transplant shock. Your new dracaena may lose a few leaves when it first enters your space, but this is normal behavior that will subside in a couple of weeks once the plant gets comfortable with its new surroundings.
Why are the leaves on my dracaena turning brown?
- The most common reasons are under or over watering. Dracaena ‘Tarzans’ do not like their soil to completely dry out, but the soil should never be so damp that it’s soggy. If the leaves have brown tips or yellow edges, it could be from dry or cold air.
Why are there brown spots developing on the leaves?
- Leaf spotting can happen for many different reasons. However, dracaenas in particular are sensitive to fluoride in the water, and can accumulate it in their systems over time. If your dracaena exhibits these symptoms, leave your water out overnight before you administer it to the plant. Many of the chemicals in the water, including fluoride, will evaporate when exposed to air.
How do I water my self-watering container?
- Do not fill the reservoir when you first receive the tree. Water on top, in the soil for the first two weeks, then fill the reservoir. If the red reservoir indicator goes down on its own over the next couple of days, it means your plant’s roots have grown into the reservoir and will begin drinking from it. If the red indicator doesn’t go down on its own, continue top watering for another week and try again. Once the indicator starts going down on its own, it is important to NEVER water from the top. It can drown your tree. Only refill the reservoir.
How fast will my plant grow?
- The growth of your plant depends on its access to light and water. Dracaenas are typically more slow growing than other houseplants. In ideal conditions, with bright indirect light and consistent moisture, Dracaena ‘Tarzans’ can gain 6-8″ in height per year.
Why are the new leaves on my dracaena so small?
- This is due to lack of good light. While dracaenas are tolerant of low light conditions, they will not thrive. Like any living organism, plants need food to grow, and light is their primary source of food.
Can I put my fiddle leaf ficus next to the AC / heater?
- Dracaenas are tropical plants that appreciate a humid environment. If conditions are too try they will drop their leaves. While dracaenas will thrive in an air conditioned apartment, always avoid putting them in the direct line of fire for either AC or heating units. If their leaves are wagging from the air, it’s best to find another spot.