On Sep 18, 2009, plantladylin from Daytona Beach, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
The D. marginata makes a wonderful houseplant and when it gets long and leggy you can keep cutting it back and root the cuttings for additional plants. I started this one from a little cutting and had it in a container for years. It got neglected and the pot got stuck out behind the shed where it remained for quite awhile in deep shade in line of the irrigation system.
In front of one of our local Post Office buildings there is a D. marginata 'Tricolor' that has been in the ground for quite a few years so I finally decided I would put mine in the ground. Here in zone 9a Central Florida, they will survive if protected from frost but if we ever have a hard freeze that lasts more than a few days I'm afraid this baby will be a goner!
On Feb 23, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
A commonly grown indoor plant - I have one but it died due to an unexpected early fall frost when I had it outside - grows a bit slower than the species but not much slower. If it grows too tall, then cut halfway through and keep it in good light - it should grows back from dormant buds. The cut stalks can be tried in water but roots poorly so pot up when leaves look good.
On Sep 3, 2006, kznchik from Bellflower, CA wrote:
This is a beautiful and hardy plant that thrives under minimal care. I am currently growing three outdoors and I have discovered, much to my delight, that all three do equally well in any light exposure from full shade to full sun.
To avoid flouride induced leaf spotting, I try to maintain the soil pH at a slightly acidic level. Roots of this plant grow particularly deep, so I make a point of selecting a tall but relatively narrow pot (think tomato pot) for healthy vertical root growth. Repotting is rarely a need for concern; the plant responds quite well and graciously by quickly sending up new growth for its caretaker to enjoy!
Excellent plant, very hardy. Easy to care for and still look good at the same time. Leaves die at the bottom as the plant grows, simply pull them away. :) !!!
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Center Point, Alabama Scottsdale, Arizona Bellflower, California Susanville, California Bartow, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Coral Springs, Florida Ensley, Florida Haverhill, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Lutz, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida South Daytona, Florida Ahuimanu, Hawaii Mount Prospect, Illinois Zachary, Louisiana Minneapolis, Minnesota Cedar Grove, New Mexico Caguas, Puerto Rico Vieques, Puerto Rico Broaddus, Texas Fredericksburg, Texas