Did you know? The term ‘Dracaena’ originated from the ancient Greek word ‘δράκαινα (dra-kaai-naa),’ which means ‘Female Dragon.’
One of the ‘Dragon’s flowers’ we will read about today is Dracaena marginata, or we can call it Dragon Tree.
Generally, the Dragon Tree produces off-white-colored flowers that are not very attractive to look at. This plant rarely flowers indoors, and when it does, it is usually in the spring.
You need to fulfill specific requirements and may need to provide extra care to this plant to make it bloom.
Do not worry; we will provide all the insights we have on the Dragon Tree’s flowers and how to make them bloom. Read on!
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How Often does the Dragon Tree Flower?
The Dragon Tree is often depicted as the ‘Madagascar Dragon Tree’ because of its roots in Madagascar.
It is a hardy, sturdy, slow-growing plant that can also tolerate long periods of droughts.
You may not need to give it much care, but you need to be cautious when it comes to its flowers.
You may need to go full throttle if you want to make your Dragon Tree flower, as they usually do not flower indoors.
Madagascar Dragon Tree usually blooms during the pleasant month of spring, and the flowers of the Dracaena genus typically last for 3 to 7 days.
Dragon Trees may take seven to fifteen years before they can be mature enough to bloom.
Generally, Dragon Tree blooms do not indicate any form of stress as the plants are hardy and shy in showing problems due to conditions.
Remember, when the Madagascar Dragon Tree flowers, the plant focuses all its nutrients on the new growth. So, the old leaves may wither away.
So, it’s up to you to choose whether you want to see the flowers bloom or your plant grow.
Dragon Tree Flower Overview
Let’s look at the basic overview of the Madagascar Dragon Tree flowers.
|Structure||Cluster like Inflorescences in stems that arch to the ground|
|Size||Up to 90cm|
Some people find it pungent
|Toxicity||Toxic to pets|
|Lifespan||About 3 to 7 days|
|Fruits||Yellow/Gold or Orange berries that is less than an inch small|
These flowers are relatively easier to look after as you don’t have to spend much time caring for them.
There are no extreme rules you need to follow after they bloom.
The fruits of the Madagascar Dragon Trees are typically berries that contain seeds.
You can use these seeds for germinating and growing a Dragon Tree for yourself.
Dragon Tree also provides you with simple pollination. You can pollinate the plant by following the simple basic steps below.
- You will need a small tipped paintbrush and gardening gloves to go on with the cutting.
- Collect the pollen from your flower by gently shaking it or blowing it.
- Take the paintbrush and run it over the collected pollen.
- Reveal the stigma of the flower and rub the paintbrush all over it. Remember to stroke as much pollen as you can.
- Let the flower work further required processes on its own.
Due to their strong smell, the flowers attract small insects like bees, moths, etc. The pollinating insects are helpful in the natural pollination of this plant.
How to Make a Dragon Tree Flower?
Making the Madagascar Dragon Tree flower may be one of the hardest things you have to do.
As the plant feels more unrestricted in its natural habitat, it has difficulties blooming indoors.
Dragon Tree is usually known for its exotic foliage but not for its inconspicuous flowers.
If your lucky stars are shining, you could make it flower indoors. Anyway, you would like to try it, wouldn’t you?
Let’s look at the basic guidelines you need to follow to make a Madagascar Dragon Tree flower.
- You need to ensure that your Dragon Tree is at least seven years old to expect any flower.
- Dragon Tree flourishes best in bright but indirect light. Make sure you provide your plant with such conditions.
- Pruning your plant can be pivotal in the blooming process. The plant would not have to disseminate the energy to many places.
DO NOT prune the plant in its dormant state during winter. Only go on with the pruning process in summer or spring.
- Manage the temperatures between 60°F to 85°F to provide the plant with optimum conditions for blooming.
- The humidity around the plant should be at least 65% to have any chance of blooming.
- Make sure the plant has achieved a height of at least 3 meters. Dragon Tree plants less than that size have no shot at blooming.
- Take the plant outdoors during the summertime to provide it the feel of its native plane Madagascar. But, it should not stand in the direct sunlight.
- Dracaena Marginata, which is slightly rootbound, is more likely to bloom than those that have recently been repotted. Wait as long as possible before shifting your Dragon Tree to a larger container if you want to stimulate blooming.
What Should you do With Dragon Tree Flowers?
If you look at it, the flowers of the Dragon Tree are not pleasing to the eyes.
You may want to cut it to retain the aesthetic look and the charm of the plant. And trust me, it is understandable if you want that.
Anyway, the bloom is short-lived, so you may want to let it live to its full potential. Have some mercy on those flowers.
The choice is totally in your hands alone. We will provide your reasons for cutting it and not cutting it. But you are the one who swings the .. err shears.
Let’s look at two reasons you should cut the flowers off the Dragon Tree plant.
- The blooms are not particularly ‘showy,’ meaning they don’t have that ‘flowery’ charm.
- If you let the blooms grow, they may take up the nutrients directed for the plant’s foliage.
You can choose to keep the flowers intact just for their looks—no harm in that.
How to Cut Dragon Tree Flowers?
Follow the following steps properly to cut the Dragon Tree flower.
- Get ready to cut the flower with the tools early in the morning as the plant is fresh and full of moisture from last night.
- Grab the flower by its base and cut the flower stalk a few centimeters above the base.
- You can also deadhead the plant entirely if you don’t want any flowers in the future.
- Or, you can also use your hand to pluck the flower from the connecting stalk.
- Do all the above processes properly not to damage the surrounding leaves and stem.
Health Considerations to Keep in Mind
A Dragon Tree may have a great decorative look and boost the household’s aesthetics, but it has a wrong side you would hate.
The Madagascar Dragon Tree is toxic to your kids and the cute animals in your household.
According to ASPCA, the Dragon Tree belonging to the Agavaceae family is toxic to dogs and cats due to the presence of saponins.
Another website, plants.ces.ncsu.edu, says that the Dragon Tree plant can also be toxic to horses.
Most of the plants in the Dracaena genus are considered poisonous or toxic to pets and humans due to the containment of different compounds.
Saponins in toxic plants protect the plant from different fungi, pests, and bacteria. The saponins may benefit the plant, but it is harmful to you and your pets.
If the pets consume the plant, it may drive them to show the symptoms like vomiting with blood, extreme drooling, loss of appetite, and pupil dilation.
However, there is no risk of death involved in consuming dragon tree plant leaves if the quantity is small.
Whether the flower of this plant is toxic or not is not evident yet, but it is still safe to keep your pets away from the Dragon Tree.
If you or your pets ever consume the foliage of the dragon tree plant, call the following numbers.
- Pet poison helpline – 1 (855) 764-7661
- American Association of Poison Control Centers – (800) 222-1222
- The Animal Poison Control Center of the ASPCA – (800)426-4435
Summing It Up
Dragon Tree has carved its name in our hearts by featuring our favorite mythological creature, ‘the dragon’ in its name.
Its flower is still not up to the mark and hasn’t reached the levels of the beauty of the foliage.
Nevertheless, you can still try to induce the flowers and grow them to taste the success of getting a complex flower.
Good luck with the blooming process!
Do you want to read about the bloom of one other Dracaena plant? Read about Lucky Bamboo Flower.