The Dracaena Marginata Tricolor is a beautiful and exotic plant that makes a great addition to any home. With its long, slender leaves and unique coloration, it’s no wonder why this plant is so popular. Despite its beauty, the Dracaena Marginata Tricolor is a fairly low-maintenance plant. With proper care, it can thrive indoors or outdoors and can grow to be quite large.

Keep reading and we will go over everything you need to know about caring for your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor; from watering and lighting requirements to tips on propagating, read on for everything you need to get started.

Where To Grow Dracaena Marginata Tricolor

When selecting a location for your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor, it is important to keep in mind that this plant prefers bright, indirect light. Most people choose to grow their Dracaena Marginata Tricolor indoors, but many people have also had good luck growing theirs outside.

Growing Dracaena Marginata Tricolor Indoors

The Dracaena Marginata Tricolor is relatively easy to care for and can tolerate lower light conditions than some other houseplants. However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you want your plant to thrive indoors. 

First, place it near a window where it will receive plenty of indirect sunlight throughout the day. The ideal amount of indirect sunlight is between 4-8 hours, but this is one of those plants that can adapt to more or less light depending on the conditions where it lives. You may need to move your plant around until you find a spot where it will be happy.

Second, you will want to stick to a regular watering and fertilizing schedule. Dracaena plants are usually pretty forgiving if you forget about it for a week or two, but they will grow their best when they’re given regular waterings and plenty of nutrients from a well-balanced fertilizer.

Third, if you have furry family members, you’ll want to keep this plant away from them. It is toxic to both dogs and cats, so place it somewhere they can’t reach it or take other precautions to ensure they don’t try to eat it. 

Outdoor Grown Dracaena Marginata Tricolor

If you are growing your Tricolor outdoors, choose a spot in your garden that receives mostly shade. Partial sun is okay, but this plant will not thrive in an area that gets too much sun. Keep it in its pot for a couple of weeks to make sure that spot is okay for it before planting it permanently in the ground.

Some places are great for growing a Dracaena outside, but other places may be too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. Most Dracaena plants can do well outdoors in USDA growing zones 10-12. For places colder than zone 10, the plant may not survive the winter and should be kept in a pot to easily move it inside once temperatures start to drop.

How To Care For Dracaena Marginata Tricolor

The Dracaena Marginata Tricolor is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to care for, and following this simple care guide will ensure your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plant will thrive for many years to come.


One of the most important aspects of care for this plant is the soil. The ideal soil for the dracaena marginata tricolor is a well-drained, sandy loam. This type of soil will help to keep the roots of the plant healthy and prevent them from rot.

It is also important to make sure that the soil is not too wet or too dry. If the soil is too wet, it can cause root rot, which can kill the plant. If the soil is too dry, it will cause the leaves of the plant to turn brown and drop off.


This plant prefers a spot in your home that is not too drafty or too hot, that receives bright indirect light for at least a few hours per day. If you keep your home fairly warm, or plant it outside and live in a particularly hot climate, be sure to place your Tricolor in an area that gets some afternoon shade to protect its leaves from burning. 

It’s a good idea to prevent any strong direct sunlight getting to your plant in the warmer months, but if it’s unavoidable, minimizing the afternoon sun exposure should be just fine.

Hours Of Sunlight

The Dracaena Marginata Tricolor thrives in locations with plenty of sunlight. It prefers bright, indirect sunlight but can also tolerate low-light conditions. The plant should be placed in a spot where it will receive at least six hours of sunlight per day. If possible, place the plant in a south- or west-facing window.

Temperature & Humidity

To keep your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plant healthy, it is important to maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level. The ideal temperature for this plant is between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended amount of time, the leaves will start to turn brown and drop off.

The ideal humidity level for this plant is 50%. If the humidity drops below 30%, your plant will likely not be able to thrive, and may drop some leaves. If you need a way to increase the humidity surrounding your plant, invest in a humidifier, use a humidity tray, or mist your plant regularly.


Misting is an important part of keeping your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plant healthy if the air in your home is fairly dry. Don’t mist your plant directly on the leaves. Instead, mist around the plant in the air. This will raise the humidity levels around the plant and should be done once or twice per day to ensure your Dracaena’s leaves don’t dry out.

Watering Requirements

Your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor Plant will need to be watered every 1-2 weeks, depending on the season and the size of your pot. Make sure that the soil is always moist, but never soggy.

One of the best ways to water your plant is to use a drip irrigation system or to water it slowly and evenly with a watering can. My favorite way to water plants is to water from the bottom. To do this, simply fill your sink or a large bowl with water and place the whole pot into the water to allow your plant to pull up the water it needs from the drainage holes at the bottom. Leave the plant in the water for about 10 minutes, and then pull the pot out and let it drain any excess water.

Grab the tools from the list below and keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to propagate your hoya.


It’s easy to forget to fertilize your houseplants, but they need nutrients just like any other plant. Dracaena marginata tricolor is no exception! Use a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how much and how often to apply.

Over-fertilizing can be just as harmful as not fertilizing at all, so don’t go overboard. If you see yellowing leaves or new growth that’s stunted or distorted, that’s a sign you’re giving your plant too much fertilizer. Cut back on the amount you’re using and flush the potting mix with plenty of water to remove any excess fertilizer.

Using our Indoor plant food can help prevent both under- and over-fertilizing, and it’s the go-to method for most houseplant enthusiasts.


If your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor is getting too big for its pot, it’s time to repot it. Choose a pot that’s only slightly larger than the current one – no more than 2 inches (5 cm) wider. Fill the bottom of the new pot with a well-draining potting mix, then gently remove your plant from its current pot. Center it in the new pot and fill in around the roots with more potting mix. Water well and give your plant a chance to adjust to its new home before fertilizing.


Pruning is an important part of caring for your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plant. Not only does it help to keep the plant looking its best, but it also helps to promote new growth.

When pruning your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plant, use sharp, clean pruning shears. Make cuts just above a leaf node, angling the cut towards the node. This will help encourage new growth.

Remove any damaged or dying leaves, as well as any that are crowding other leaves. You can also trim back leggy growth to encourage a fuller, more compact plant.

Pruning your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plant regularly will keep it healthy and looking its best.

Common Problems

There are a few common problems you may encounter when growing a Dracaena Marginata, or any houseplant.

Pests and Diseases 

Pests and diseases are a common problem with Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plants. They can be caused by a number of factors, including poor growing conditions, lack of nutrients, or even stress. Some of the most common pests and diseases include:

Mealybugs: Mealybugs are small, white insects that feed on the sap of Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plants. They can cause yellowing of the leaves and stunted growth.

Spider mites: Spider mites are tiny spider-like creatures that infest Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plants. They spin webs on the leaves and suck the plant’s sap, causing the leaves to turn yellow and eventually drop off.

Fungal diseases: Fungal diseases such as powdery mildew or root rot can affect Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plants. These diseases can be caused by too much moisture or poor drainage. Symptoms include yellowing leaves, wilting, and premature leaf drop.

Pests and diseases can be controlled with proper care and maintenance of your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plant. Be sure to provide adequate light, water, and nutrients to your plant to keep it healthy and free from pests and diseases.

Yellow Leaves

It’s not uncommon for the leaves of a Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plant to turn yellow. This is usually due to one of two things: either the plant is getting too much direct sunlight, or it’s not getting enough water.

If the leaves are turning yellow because of too much sun, try moving the plant to a spot that gets less direct light. If the problem is lack of water, make sure you’re watering the plant regularly and giving it enough moisture.

Leaves Turning Brown

If the leaves start to turn brown, this is a sign that you are either overwatering or underwatering your plant. If you notice leaves changing to yellow or brown, and the soil is dry, you should water it more often. If the leaves are yellow or brown and the soil is still wet, let the soil dry out completely before watering again. You may also need to treat for root rot or give your plant a root supplement if the plant doesn’t look like it’s recovering quickly.

Brown leaves could also be a sign of a pest infestation, but if the whole leaf is brown, it’s likely due to a watering problem.

If you want to keep your Dracaena Marginata Tricolor plant looking its best, be sure to provide it with plenty of bright indirect light and water when the soil is dry. With proper care, your plant will thrive and produce beautiful new growth each season!

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