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November 15, 2010

Dragon tree is a great house plant

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Are you starting to stay indoors more these days? The inclement weather is a good motivator to start looking around the house and assessing where house plants could brighten a corner or bring life to a bare spot by a window.

We were at IKEA this weekend and I bought a Dragon Tree for just under two dollars. It is a popular houseplant that needs little attention. It originated in Madagascar. It requires a minimum temperature of 15 °C (59 °F), and is more tolerant than most plants of dry soil and irregular watering, which is very good news to those of us who easily neglect indoor plants. Because it requires minimal care it is very popular in offices where the constant heat and light suits their growing requirements.

It is one of the plants used in the NASA Clean Air Study and has shown to help remove formaldehyde. The dragon tree is an effective air-cleaner and is among the best plants for removing xylene and trichloroethylene. D. marginata, which is the species I bought, is very susceptible to fluoride toxicity. It usually cannot tolerate direct sunlight even though the plants like high light situations the best. However, almost any light level will do. This is a real bargain for the home.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at November 15, 2010 8:15 AM
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