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How to Propogate Dragon Plant the Right Way

Updated: March 27, 2022

The dragon plant, also known as Dracaena Marginata, is a popular houseplant due to its striking appearance and low maintenance requirements. Propagating dragon plants is a great way to expand your collection or share with friends and family. In this article, we will discuss the right way to propagate dragon plants.

Materials Needed

Before you start propagating your dragon plant, you will need the following materials:

  • Pruning shears
  • Potting soil
  • Rooting hormone
  • Small containers (4 inches in diameter)
  • Water

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Choose a healthy stem: Look for a stem that is at least 3 inches long with several leaves attached. It should not have any signs of disease or pests.

  2. Cut the stem: Using pruning shears, cut the stem at a 45-degree angle just below a leaf node (where a leaf meets the stem).

  3. Remove the lower leaves: Remove the lower leaves from the stem, leaving only a few at the top.

  4. Apply rooting hormone: Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone powder. This will help stimulate root growth.

  5. Plant in potting soil: Fill a small container with potting soil and make a hole in the center. Insert the cut end of the stem into the hole and gently press the soil around it.

  6. Water thoroughly: Water the soil until it is moist but not waterlogged.

  7. Cover with plastic: Cover the container with plastic to create a humid environment for the cutting. Place it in a warm, bright spot but away from direct sunlight.

  8. Monitor growth: After about two weeks, check for roots by gently tugging on the stem. If there is resistance, roots have formed.

  9. Transplant to larger container: Once the roots have formed, transplant the cutting to a larger container with fresh potting soil.

Tips for Success

  • Propagate dragon plants during the growing season (spring or summer) when they are actively growing.
  • Use a well-draining potting mix to prevent waterlogging and root rot.
  • Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
  • Provide bright, indirect light for the cutting.
  • Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.


How often should I water my dragon plant cutting?

Water your cutting when the top inch of soil feels dry. Be careful not to overwater as this can lead to root rot.

When is the best time to propagate dragon plants?

The best time to propagate dragon plants is during the growing season (spring or summer) when they are actively growing.

Can I propagate dragon plants in water?

Yes, you can propagate dragon plants in water. Simply place the cutting in a jar of water and change the water every few days. Once roots have formed, transplant it into potting soil.

In conclusion, propagating dragon plants is a fun and easy way to expand your collection or share with others. By following these steps and tips, you can successfully propagate your dragon plant and enjoy its beauty for years to come.