The Dragon tree, famous for its sword-like green leaves, can surprise you ultimately in about 10-12 years by giving out a tiny fragrant flower.
Read on to get all your insights on the Dragon Tree flower and how to make them bloom.
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How Often does the Dragon Tree Flower?
The Dragon Tree is a hardy, sturdy, slow-growing plant that can tolerate prolonged droughts, but you need to be cautious about its flowers.
However, you may need to go full throttle to make your Dragon Tree flower, as they usually do not flower indoors.
Although the Dragon Trees have a lifespan of about 100 years or more, you may be lucky enough to see them bloom at least four to five times if provided with proper care.
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|
How to Make a Dragon Tree Flower?
Making the Madagascar Dragon Tree flower may be one of the hardest things.
Although the plant feels more unrestricted in its natural habitat, it has difficulties blooming indoors, but it is not impossible.
Let’s look at the basic guidelines for making 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.
- Manage the temperatures between 60°F and 85°F to provide the plant with optimum bloom conditions.
- 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 summer to provide the feel of its native plain, Madagascar. But, it should not stand in direct sunlight.
- Dracaena Marginata, which is slightly rootbound, is more likely to bloom than those recently repotted.
- Wait as long as possible before shifting your Dragon Tree to a larger container 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. So you may want to cut it to retain the aesthetic look and charm of the plant.
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.
- 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.
But if pollination and seeds are not in your Dragon Tree care, you can choose to cut them off.
How to Cut Dragon Tree Flowers?
Follow the following steps properly to cut the Dragon Tree flower.
- Cut the flower with the sterilized pruners or scissors 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 animals in your household.
Saponins in toxic plants protect the plant from different fungi, pests, and bacteria. The saponins may benefit the plant but harm you and your pets.
If the pets consume the plant, it may drive them to vomit with blood, extreme drooling, loss of appetite, and pupil dilation.
However, there is no risk of death 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 Trees are already challenging to bloom indoors, and even if they do, the flowers are still not up to the mark compared to the beauty of foliage.
Nevertheless, you can still try to induce the flowers and grow them to taste the success of getting a complex flower.