Dracena marginata

Question: dracena marginata

I was given a dracena marginata. Since I don't have the space to keep it indoors, I could place it on the balcony in a shady and poorly ventilated position. Keep in mind that I live in Puglia, in a town 400m above sea level, so summer is not too hot and winter is not very cold.
Thank you very much.

Answer: dracena marginata

Dear Anna,
the dragon trees are plants originating from Madagascar, and are generally used to decidedly higher temperatures than those present in Italy; in fact they could also be grown in the garden, but only in areas where winter lows are above 10 ° C, as these plants are not very resistant, and even short periods with temperatures below 5 ° C can cause serious damage, such as the total loss of foliage. In fact, Puglia is a hot region, with decidedly mild winters, so you can try to keep it on the terrace, also considering the fact that the location will not be completely exposed to the elements. However, it is essential to start moving the plant outdoors in the spring, so that it gets used to the outside climate gradually, and not all together. In addition to this, it starts with a fairly shady position, but over the months you can also move the dragon into a place directly hit by sunlight, as these plants become almost trees in nature, and are exposed to full sun. However, try not to leave the plant exposed to the current or strong wind, especially in winter. If for some reason the winter temperatures should be decidedly rigid, you can always cover the dragon tree with two or three layers of non-woven fabric. The dragon trees are however resistant plants, which bear the cold and the heat, without having big problems; It is also important to avoid watering the soil when temperatures fall below 10 ° C, in order to allow the plant to have a sort of vegetative rest period.