We have a Dragon Tree plant, how much do we water it?

The leaves are turning brown. I water the larger one with maybe a 1/2 to a cup of water 1x a week and the smaller one with less. Am I watering too little? I do not want them dying.

Hi April,

Long, narrow green leaves on dracaena marginata

Dracaena Marginata
Dragon Tree Plant

Over-watering causes root-rot and is the main reason a dracaena marginata  (dragon plant) dies. Water well, until the water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot, and don’t water again until the top 50% of the soil is dry. In low light, it could take up to three weeks for the soil to dry out. Brown tips on the leaves indicate over-watering or too much fluoride or salt in the water. Numerous yellow leaves means a Dracaena marginata needs more water.

You can read all my care tips for a Dracaena marginata (Dragon tree) in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.


Dracaena marginatas are considered by some to be slightly poisonous, especially to dogs and cats. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants