An Ultimate Guide On How To Propagate A Dracaena

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It may seem like an uphill task for those beginning their gardening journey, with many questions arising. What plant to choose as a beginner? How to plant and care for such a delicate species? How can the plant remain healthy and strong for years to come? Among the most popular questions, here is the one: how to propagate a Dracaena successfully? The article will discuss this central topic.

About The Dracaena Plant

There are a variety of plants available for these times, with the dracaena plant being one of the best species for a beginner to own and raise. Dracaenas are not very demanding plants – they can go days without interaction and up to a week without water. They are perfect as an indoor, nature-based decoration staple, so much so that any company passing through may be interested in owning one, too!

The plant will probably become a famous sight with its unique features that imply a tree and shrub structure and beautiful green hues. Luckily, it’s possible to share your dracaena if you choose. This can be done by carrying out the process of succulent propagation. This process may seem challenging if you have not owned a dracaena or any plant.

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Dracaena Trifasciata
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So, have you ever been interested in owning and/or raising a unique dracaena? If so, would you propagate said dracaena to expand your collection? The propagation process takes as little as just a few weeks and is as easy as can be! Sure, it can be intimidating to do on such a delicate plant at first, but what if we could assure you that it will not hurt or damage your plant? Read on to discover how to propagate your dracaena like a pro from home!

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When Is the Best Time To Propagate A Dracaena Plant?

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Dracaena Trifasciata
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A commonly asked question of dracaenas owners is whether there is a specific time for propagation. And while there is no specified time, a few options suit the plant. Before propagating your dracaena, the parent plant needs to be matured – maturing will take anywhere from a few months to a year. Once it’s grown, you can establish the best method for you. Dracaenas can typically be propagated during any season desired. However, doing it in the spring or summer is recommended because it will be easier. Nonetheless, you can propagate during the winter or fall, but remember that doing so will make for a prolonged rooting stage.

How To Propagate A Dracaena

Whether you’ve taken part in propagating a plant before or not, doing so with your dracaena will be easy to do. There are four main ways to propagate a dracaena; however, as mentioned before, some techniques work better than others. The only difference in each method is that some will make for a faster growth period for the new plant. Therefore, how the parent plant reproduces depends on the owner’s method.

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Dracaena Trifasciata
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First Thing First: Tools For Propagating Dracaena

  • Shears, a knife, or possibly scissors (depending on the method of propagation you’re using).
  • Potting Mix.
  • New gardening pot.
  • Disinfectant for sterilizing the tools before propagating.

Method #1: Using stem trimmings

The method is the most used when propagating a dracaena parent plant, as it is the perfect option for those who may want multiple reproductions. Cut some stems from the parent plant with garden shears to properly use this method. The portions being cut off should be up to about 20 centimeters long. You’ll then need to set the portions in some soil with a bit of water, then place the pot in the same vicinity that the parent plant was/is in – in bright but indirect sunlight.

Read more: How To Propagate Succulents From Cuttings.

Method #2: Use portions of the top of the parent plant

This method requires you to cut portions of the parent plants on top. Not to worry, doing so will not damage the plant – the growth process will continue shortly after. The portions you cut should be from the top of the plant to about the beginning of the stems. You can plant these top trimmings in water or soil; however, ornaments placed in water may take longer to grow.

Method #3: Using the process of air layering

The air layering method typically means that you’ll be cutting parts of the parent plant stem to begin a new root. This method also requires using moss, which can be found online or in some garden sections of stores. Now, to start, you’ll cut off your stem length. Carefully make a small incision into the stem with shears or a knife, and place your moss (it must be wet). You’ll then need to wrap some plastic wrap around the stem tightly. Eventually, you’ll notice roots forming within the plastic wrap – carefully remove the wrap and cut the root with garden shears to plant into a pot.

Method #4: Propagate Dracaena using the parent plant’s ripe seeds

As your dracaena grows, it produces seeds. Those seeds can be removed to propagate a new Dracaena plant! To properly use this technique, remove the seeds, mush them, and place the mushed contents into a container with water. The mushed seeds will float to the bottom, indicating which ones are good for propagation. Remove the seeds from the container and place them into a gardening pot with some starting mix. The growth process will take up to a few weeks, but they can be removed and placed into bigger pots once they’re a few inches tall.

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Caring For New Dracaena Plant After Propagation

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Dracaena sanderiana – Photo by Teona Swift via Pexels

Caring for your newly propagated Dracaena plant entails nearly all the same steps as caring for the parent plant before propagating. However, there are a few differences. While these plants certainly do not need much attention or care, they could use a bit of a supportive boost to get them started. If you plan on propagating your Dracaena or have already done it, check out the following care tips to help your new one grow!

  • Please keep them in warmer temperatures, anywhere from 80°F to 60°F.
  • Avoid overwatering, but make sure the soil stays at least somewhat moist.
  • Please keep it in direct sunlight until the leaves start to grow.
  • Always keep the plant in well-draining soil.
  • Only water it when the soil has dried chiefly up.
  • Fertilize the new Dracaena during the spring and summer once or twice yearly, as long as it’s matured.
  • Allow the new Dracaena to experience humidity, preferably 60% to 80%.

More on the Succulent City Blog

That concludes this guide on how to propagate your unique Dracaena plants properly. I hope this article has provided enough helpful tips to try these propagation methods soon. Of course, propagating your precious plants is entirely up to you. However, as you can see, doing so includes many great benefits. Not only propagating, repotting/caring for Dracaena plants are also some helpful topics we cover on Succulent City:

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