How To Prune A Dracaena The Right Way

Is your dracaena looking untidy and/or discolored? Is it starting to appear overgrown? Are the branches seeming to be more tangled? Or maybe it’s just becoming a hassle to care for at the moment? Good news – that’s normal! And even better word – I have a simple way to mend each of those problems potentially! It may be time for a good pruning session, so grab your gardening shears while I walk you through three quick and easy techniques you can use to prune dracaena.

Tip: Before conducting any of the following methods, you will need to clean your shears thoroughly, as well as keep some water nearby to hydrate your dracaena afterward.

dracaena leaves
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Occasional pruning

It’s pretty easy to determine when your dracaenas will hit a growth spurt, as this usually happens during the spring months. Therefore, as the spring months begin to approach, you could start trimming a bit occasionally. You can do this on a weekly and monthly basis, depending on how fat your dracaena appears to be flourishing. This process should be redone again once the season is concluded – about the time that fall is about to begin. 

Snip At the Leaves 

A common issue with dracaenas is leaf discoloration, which can potentially cause damage to your plant’s leaves. If this issue is not taken care of, it can spread to further plant portions or even cause the leaves to weaken. Keep in mind that weaker leaves make it harder to save the plant later on. To keep this from happening (or to resolve it when it does happen), simply use your gardening shears to snip off the wrong parts of the leaves. These spots are easy to locate due to appearing as a brown or yellow discoloration. You’ll need to snip right below the colored dots and right where the green begins to make sure you remove all of the inadequate portions. 

Stem Pruning 

This technique is usually the most nerve-wracking to do as it requires you to remove parts of the stem. Owners tend to wonder if doing so will damage the dracaena – it won’t. However, it will motivate your dracaena to grow more. This process is most common when your dracaena is beginning to look overgrown. To prune your dracaena via the stem, simply establish the height you desire for the stem and cut it with your clean shears. When trimming your plant’s stem, you must cut at a 45-degree angle. It will keep the plant’s health intact and ensure that it will continue growing.

dracaena fragrans leaves
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When Is the Best Time To Prune A Dracaena Plant?

If you choose to prune your dracaena, you can do it whenever you like. However, the best (and most recommended) time to prune the plant is if/when it is discolored or overgrown. In addition, pruning is easier to do during the spring and summer months, while the dracaena is in its blooming stages.

beautiful dracaena leaves
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In Conclusion

Dracaenas are the type of plant that can remain healthy and beautiful regardless of being pruned. These low-maintenance plants are great for beginner gardeners because they can survive on a small about of attention. However, as you just read, they are a simple plant to prune if the occasion ever comes up – plus, you never have to worry about harming them in the process. So what do you think? Would you consider trying out a pruning technique on your dracaena?

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