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How to Repot Dracaena Spike Plant

Updated: April 5, 2022

Dracaena spike plants are a popular houseplant due to their easy care and elegant look. However, as they grow, they will eventually need to be repotted to ensure continued healthy growth. Repotting can seem intimidating, but with the right tools and knowledge, it can be accomplished easily.

When Should You Repot a Dracaena Spike Plant?

The general rule of thumb is to repot your dracaena spike plant every two years. However, there are some signs that will indicate it’s time for a new pot:

  • The plant has outgrown its current container, and roots are growing out of the drainage holes
  • The soil is dry and crumbly, and water runs through the pot without being absorbed
  • The plant is top-heavy and falls over easily

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to repot your dracaena spike plant.

What You Will Need

Before you start the repotting process, make sure you have the following tools:

  • A larger pot (2-4 inches larger than the current pot)
  • Fresh potting soil
  • A trowel or small shovel
  • Pruning shears or scissors
  • A watering can or spray bottle

Step-by-Step Guide to Repotting a Dracaena Spike Plant

  1. Water the plant a day before you plan on repotting it. This will make it easier to remove it from its current pot without damaging the roots.
  2. Prepare the new pot by adding fresh potting soil to the bottom.
  3. Gently remove the dracaena spike plant from its current pot. Use a trowel or small shovel to loosen the soil around the edges of the pot.
  4. Check the roots for signs of damage or rot. Trim away any damaged or dead roots with pruning shears or scissors.
  5. Place the plant in the new pot and add fresh potting soil around it. Make sure the plant is at the same level as before.
  6. Firmly press the soil around the plant to remove any air pockets.
  7. Water the plant thoroughly, making sure the soil is moist but not waterlogged.

Tips for Maintaining Your Dracaena Spike Plant

  • Keep the plant in a bright, indirect light.
  • Water the plant when the top inch of soil is dry.
  • Fertilize every 2-3 months during the growing season (spring and summer).
  • Dust the leaves regularly to keep them clean and healthy.


Can I repot my dracaena spike plant anytime?

It’s best to repot your dracaena spike plant during the spring or summer when it’s actively growing. Avoid repotting during the winter months when growth slows down.

Should I prune my dracaena spike plant before repotting?

If there are any dead or damaged leaves, you can prune them off before repotting. However, it’s not necessary to do so.

Can I use regular potting soil for my dracaena spike plant?

Yes, you can use regular potting soil. However, make sure it’s well-draining and doesn’t hold onto excess moisture.

How often should I water my dracaena spike plant after repotting?

Water your dracaena spike plant as you normally would by checking the top inch of soil for dryness. However, be careful not to overwater as this can lead to root rot.

By following these simple steps, you can successfully repot your dracaena spike plant and ensure continued healthy growth. Remember to keep up with regular maintenance to keep your plant looking its best.

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