Identify my HousePlant: Dracaena Marginata Tricolor

Received this plant for a funeral service. I have absolutely no idea what it is called. Would appreciate any help in identifying. Thank you for your help .

Hi Linda,

The picture  you sent is quite dark, but I think it’s a dracaena marginata tri-color.  Does your plant resemble the picture below of a tri-color marginata?

How to identify and care for a dracaena marginata Sri-color

If so, here are some plant care tips.

Water: Over-watering causes root-rot and is the main reason a Dracaena marginata dies. Water well and don’t water again until the top 50% of the soil is dry. In low light, this could take up to three weeks. Brown tips on the leaves indicate over-watering or too much fluoride or salt in the water. Never use water that has passed through a softener, it is too salty. If your household water has a lot of chemicals, allow it to sit out overnight before using it or use rain water or distilled water. This is a stalk plant, so it is common for the lower leaves to turn yellow and fall off if the plant is getting new leaves at the top. Numerous yellow leaves means the plant needs more water.

Light: Dracaena marginata plants prefer medium light, but survive in low light situations. Lower light slows down the growth rate and reduces the size of new leaves. Direct sun burns the leaves.

Plant Food: Dracaenas are slow-growing plants that do not require a large amount of fertilizer. Feed monthly in the spring and summer with a water-soluble, well-balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Do not feed a dracaena in the fall or winter.

You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.