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How to Repot Dracaena Plant

Updated: September 25, 2022

Dracaena plants are one of the most popular houseplants due to their durability and low maintenance needs. They are great for beginners or busy individuals who want to add some greenery to their living space. However, as with any plant, they will eventually outgrow their container and need to be repotted. In this article, we will discuss how to repot your dracaena plant.

Why Repot a Dracaena Plant?

There are a few reasons why you might need to repot your dracaena plant. The most common reason is that it has outgrown its current container and needs more space for its roots to grow. If you notice that the roots are growing out of the drainage holes or the plant is top-heavy and tipping over, it is time to repot.

Another reason to repot a dracaena plant is if the soil has become compacted and is no longer draining properly. This can lead to root rot and other issues if left unchecked.

When to Repot a Dracaena Plant

The best time to repot a dracaena plant is in the spring when it is actively growing. This will give it time to adjust to its new container before the summer heat hits. However, if your plant is severely root-bound or showing signs of stress, you may need to repot it sooner.

Materials Needed

Before you start repotting your dracaena plant, gather all the necessary materials:

  • New container (1-2 inches larger than the current one)
  • Fresh potting soil
  • Trowel or small shovel
  • Pruning shears (if needed)

Steps for Repotting a Dracaena Plant

  1. Water your plant a day before repotting. This will make it easier to remove it from the old container.

  2. Gently remove the plant from its old container. You may need to tap the sides or gently loosen the soil with a trowel.

  3. Inspect the roots for any signs of damage or rot. Trim any brown or black roots with pruning shears.

  4. Fill the bottom of the new container with fresh potting soil.

  5. Place the plant in the new container and fill in around it with more potting soil.

  6. Make sure the soil is level and firm around the plant, but not too compacted.

  7. Water the plant thoroughly and allow any excess water to drain out of the bottom.

  8. Place the plant in a bright, indirect light location.

Care After Repotting

After repotting your dracaena plant, it may take a few weeks for it to adjust to its new environment. Be sure to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. You can also add some fertilizer to encourage growth and help it recover from any stress caused by repotting.


How often should I repot my dracaena plant?

Dracaena plants typically need to be repotted every 2-3 years, depending on their growth rate.

Can I use regular potting soil for my dracaena plant?

Yes, you can use regular potting soil for your dracaena plant. However, it is best to use a well-draining mix that contains perlite or vermiculite.

Can I prune my dracaena plant before repotting?

Yes, you can prune any dead or damaged leaves or stems before repotting. This will make it easier to handle and will encourage new growth.

What if my dracaena plant is too large to move?

If your dracaena plant is too large to move, you can still repot it by removing some of the topsoil and replacing it with fresh potting soil. This will give the roots more space to grow without disturbing the entire plant.