How To Replant Dracaena

Since Dracaena Marginata grows slowly indoors, it only need repotting every two to three years in the spring at the beginning of its development cycle. To repot a plant, take it out of its container, trim any decaying roots, and then plant it again. Select a pot that is 1 to 2 inches bigger than the first pot. Use organically rich, low-draining soil.

Can you cut a dracaena and transplant it?

Cuttings can be used to propagate dracaena in a variety of ways. Remove the crown is one of the easiest. Make sure you get at least one node by making a cut just below the cluster of leaves at the plant’s top.

Put the cut end in some water and a warm place. If you keep it warm, the roots should start to grow quickly. When the roots of your cutting have grown to a length of one to two inches (2.5 to 5 cm), plant them in soil. The cutting can also be planted straight in the ground by dipping the end of it in rooting powder.

By using this technique, your old dracaena will regenerate from the cut point and become a new plant. Stems on the side of the plant can be cut off using the same fundamental method. Some dracaena take several years to branch out, and not all lack side stems. If your plant does have these stems, you can remove any of them and propagate new dracaena cuttings using the procedure described above.


If you’re unsure of how much water to give this plant, err on the side of caution because you don’t want to overwater it.

Allowing the top inch or two of soil to dry out in between waterings is a reasonable rule of thumb. You’re probably overwatering it if the leaves begin to droop.

One additional thing: if your local municipal water contains fluoride, let it sit overnight before watering your plants or use distilled water because these plants don’t like fluoride. Your dracaena can be suffering from fluoride toxicity if you see brown leaves or dead regions.


Although these plants are quite tolerant, they don’t appreciate temperatures below 60 °F. You should be alright if you keep it away from drafty windows and air conditioner vents.


During the growing season, use a reliable 10-10-10 fertilizer and apply it every two weeks (spring and fall).

Or, as I do, you may just add Indoor Plant Food each time you water. With the exception of the succulents, I can use it on all of my plants, which is why I enjoy it because I don’t have to keep track of a fertilization schedule. This makes plant care simple and removes all the guesswork from fertilizing!

Pretty easy! If you already take care of succulents or a snake plant and want to expand your collection of low-maintenance plants, this is a fantastic next step.

Dracaena in pots

Dracaena needs a healthy soil mixture, which can be improved by adding 1/3 compost, if you have any.

Pour clay pebbles or small stones into the container to create a layer at the bottom that will improve drainage.

By doing this, you can prevent the roots from drowning in water, which could be fatal.

  • Set up your dracaena in a sizable container with specialized soil for indoor plants or green plants.
  • Even though it could need to be replanted in the spring every two or three years, when this is not necessary, topdressing on a regular basis should be sufficient to meet the plant’s needs for its growth medium.
  • Because to their slow growth, several species, including Goldieana, Sanderiana, and Surculosa, don’t require repotting.

Dracaena outdoors

Feel free to lay down a bed of gravel, small stones, or clay pebbles to help the water drain more effectively, just as is done for plants in pots.

In general, dracaena cannot tolerate the cold and will only thrive outside in areas with a warm climate and constant temperatures over 63 to 65F. (17 to 18C).

Dracena draco, the hardiest type, can survive in temperatures as low as 34 or 35F. (1 to 2C).

When should my dracaena plant be potted again?

Repotting Dracaenas is best done in the spring, summer, and early fall. The ideal seasons to live in if you have an early winter are spring and summer. In Tucson, the fall season lasts just until the end of October.

Repotting should ideally be avoided in the winter if at all possible because plants like to rest then.

Soil mix

A rich, rather chunky soil mixture that drains well is preferred by dracaenas. The roots shouldn’t be left too damp since this can cause them to decay.

My plant was growing in a mixture that had a fair amount of lava rock in it. To make my mix well aerated and lighter than the original mix, I wanted to incorporate rock into it. Alternative mixtures (with only two ingredients) are provided below in case your dracaena isn’t developing in a mix with rock.

Use peat-based potting soil that is designed for indoor plants. I switch between Ocean Forest and Happy Frog.

How frequently do I need to water my dracaena?

PRO TIP: If you’re unsure, let it rain! Overwatering is the most frequent error with these plants.

Always evaluate your plant’s watering requirements as soon as you get one. It is important to check the soil’s moisture content first to make sure it isn’t wet directly under the surface before giving your plant a drink. Additionally, think about aerating your plant’s soil before to the first watering. Aerating can help the soil breathe and enable rainwater to escape since we compact the soil to prevent it from shifting while being transported.

Dracaena trees prefer the soil to be moist but not fully dry between waterings. Usually, watering once every 10 to 14 days will keep the soil’s moisture content good and even. The soil should never be wet as this plant is susceptible to root rot; yet, if the earth becomes completely dry, the plant’s leaves will have brown tips. The Dracaena Lisa Cane will respond favorably to routine waterings after you establish a routine. The Dracaena also enjoys moisture, so a humidifier, pebble tray, or routine misting will be appreciated.

To maintain balanced growth on all sides, rotate your plant occasionally, and dust the leaves frequently to help the plant photosynthesize well. Take the chance to check the undersides of the leaves when dusting them and keep an eye out for bugs.

Keep in mind that every plant is a distinct living creature with different demands depending on where it is. You can have a long and fulfilling relationship with your dracaena lisa cane if you pay attention to its health and watering requirements.

Dracaena roots in water, right?

I can send your cuttings to any of two locations. But first, you need to soak the bottom of each cutting and dip it in the rooting hormone solution if you’re using one. Any extra should be tapped back into the bottle.

Some gardeners advise against doing this; they suggest taking a small bit out of the bottle for each project and discarding any extra; nonetheless, I do this and haven’t encountered any problems.

After being dipped, I like to stick the cutting directly into the ground. You’re done when you firm the earth with your fingers so the cutting stands straight.

So that the cutting won’t collapse over, you want to press enough of its stem into the earth. In order to prevent the cutting from collapsing or leaning, firmly push the earth around its base. You can manipulate the plant’s orientation to force it to grow vertically.

I prefer to leave a thin layer of dirt between the cutting’s base and the base of the container it will be placed in. About a half-inch will do. This plant doesn’t require a lot of fertilizer at all, therefore a light layer of compost on the soil’s surface is sufficient.

Your dracaena cuttings can also be rooted in water. The cutting is simply placed into a pot without drainage holes and left for a few weeks while roots form.

It would be preferable, in my opinion, to wait until your cutting’s roots are approximately an inch long before repotting them in a new container. If you choose this course of action, hormone powder is not necessary.

In all honesty, you could leave the dracaena in its aquatic habitat forever. Once or twice a week, replace the water, and you’re done. I think donezo is a fantastic term. I don’t believe I came up with the phrase, but I sure do use it that way.

However, if you determine that the best way to propagate dracaena is to let your cuttings grow in soil, wait until you can see the roots forming before potting it in the manner stated above.

Tend Your Cuttings

Keep your dracaena cuttings in an area that is well-lit, but try to keep them out of direct sunlight to prevent sunburn.

Depending on the conditions the plants are in and how moist your growing media was, you won’t need to water the cuttings for around a week.

Keep in mind that all you really have here is a stick in a cup of dirt. If you continue to water it, the growing medium will get saturated and, to put it another way, nasty, and your dracaena will decompose into a foul-smelling ball of goo.

Never water your dracaena cuttings before they actually need it; nobody wants that.

I always pick up the container a plant is growing in to determine how much water it requires. Is there any weight to it? If you said “yes,” your plant most likely doesn’t need water.

But if the weight seems like cotton candy instead of earth, your plant needs a drink of water. I gradually add more, take a ten-minute break, and then give it another sip.

This is my incredibly scientific technique for giving the soil enough time to absorb the first sip while also wetting its whistle for the subsequent one.

Your dracaena propagation effort is now practically complete; you only need to wait a few weeks to a few months for the results. Well done!

Is it possible to cut dracaena in half?

About 40 adaptable, simple-to-grow plants belonging to the genus Dracaena have strappy, unique leaves. The dracaena is most frequently grown as a houseplant, even though it can be grown outdoors in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and 11.

Depending on the cultivar, dracaena can grow as tall as 10 feet (3 meters) or even more, therefore regular dracaena trimming is likely required. The good news is that dracaena plant pruning is not challenging. You can trim dracaenas to any desired height with little to no complaint from these hardy plants.

Do dragons like the sun?

The smooth, gray stems of the Dracaena marginata eventually reach a height of 20 feet. Crowns of slender, leathery leaves up to 2 feet long and 1/2 inch wide form the ends of stems. Deep glossy green leaves with a reddish crimson border. Dracaena is a fantastic houseplant for rooms with low lighting, and it looks particularly good when planted in pairs to flank doorways.

Dracaena prefers bright, indirect light for growing; it may survive lower light levels, but development will be slowed. With typical indoor potting soil, typical house temperatures, and ordinary humidity levels, the plant thrives nicely. Maintain a wet but not soggy soil by fertilizing frequently with a complete fertilizer in the spring and summer (like a squeezed-out sponge). Reduce your watering frequency and discontinue fertilizing during the fall and winter. Regularly clean leaves with a wet cloth or relocate your plant so it can receive a moderate shower to keep Dracaena healthy and looking its best. Avoid using commercial leaf shine. Simply use a pair of scissors to remove any brown tips that appear on your plant, being careful to preserve the natural form of the trimmed leaves. Dracaena is rarely troubled by pests or diseases and can endure a pot-bound environment for extended periods of time.

Can dracaena be grown on coffee grounds?

It can be enjoyable and satisfying to master the art of making your own compost if you have the necessary space and desire. Although it requires some time and work, I believe it is worthwhile. It not only provides you with excellent compost to aid in the growth of your plants, but it also helps create a garden that is more environmentally friendly.

In addition, you may have heard that Dracaenas benefit from having used coffee grinds added to their soil while discussing food scraps. It is not a good idea to add coffee grounds directly to a potted Dracaena, even while it is true that coffee grounds can make compost slightly acidic, which Dracaenas appreciate.

Overly damp coffee grinds might encourage the growth of fungi in your soil. They might also start to smell bad and start to draw insects. Simply said, there are simply too many dangers to warrant putting coffee grounds in your Dracaena’s pot.

Coffee grounds, however, are a fantastic addition to the compost mixture that will eventually be used to fertilize a Dracaena. Coffee grinds are a rich source of nutrients for Dracaenas and other houseplants in their degraded state.