Will Dracaena Marginata take a frost?

Gardener972(7b-8a DFW)December 12, 2010

How cold will this plant take it? At what degree will it cause damage?

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They are quite tropical. I would not expose mine to temps below 35.0 F.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2010 at 7:44PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

If the conditions are right and the temperature falls fast enough, chill injury, which is different than freeze injury, can occur at temps as high as 45-50*. Many tropical and subtropical plants will tolerate temperatures below 55*, but they won't like it. Generally, plants that grow in areas where the temperatures naturally don't drop below 55-60* grow there for a reason. These plants' metabolisms and their ability to carry on photosynthesis efficiently are often considerably impaired by temperatures below 55-60*.

How cold a plant will 'take it' before it incurs damage is sort of a subjective question. Technically, any time a plant is using more energy than it is producing, it is in decline, and will die unless the trend is reversed, so almost all houseplants subjected to temperatures below 55-60* are in decline.


    Bookmark   December 12, 2010 at 9:30PM
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