How To Repot Dracaena

Dracaenas are one of the easiest plants to own, especially as a beginner gardener. They require minimum attention and care (as long as they’re kept in a healthy condition), and they’re perfect for any indoor or outdoor setting. However, like any plant, dracaenas need to be repotted occasionally for the roots to remain healthy for growth. If dracaenas are never repotted, they can experience a lack of necessary nutrition. Not to mention, with how big dracaenas are known to grow, they need to be moved into bigger pots to ensure that they are provided with enough room to expand. If you need a bit of guidance as to how to repot your dracaena correctly, read on! This article will walk you through the necessary steps and discuss the overall best time to do so.

Popular Dracaena Types

Dracaena succulents make the perfect addition to any home; however, being a species of around 40 uniquely different succulents, it can be hard to determine which ones are best. Each Dracaena has features that make it popular among gardeners. Some of the most popular Dracaena succulents are:

  • Dracaena Marginata
  • Dracaena Fragrans
  • Dracaena Arborea
  • Dracaena Warneckii
  • Dracaena Reflexa
  • Dracaena Draco
  • Dracaena Deremensis
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When To Repot Dracaena?

Depending on where you live, dracaenas can be repotted at nearly anytime you choose. They can handle being exposed to cold temperatures. However, it’s highly recommended to repot them during warmer temperatures. That said, specialists are likely to recommend repotting during early fall times, spring months, and summer months. In addition to that, because they are such a low-maintenance species, dracaenas will only need to be repotted every three to five months unless they are growing faster.

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How To Repot Dracaena

Before repotting your dracaena, you’ll need to water it – about a day or two before. You’ll need to ensure that the new pot is at least one pot size more significant than the original. As with any dracaena pot, this new one will need some draining holes in the bottom to ensure easy drainage. Lack of drainage can cause many problems such as diseases, pests, and even root rot. Along with that, you should only use compost-based or well-draining gardening soil. Once you’ve gathered the necessary materials, you can begin repotting.

  1. Using the appropriate soil, fill the new pot about 1/3 full and water the soil. Allow time for the water to soak up within the earth.
  2. Remove your dracaena from the original pot and place it in the new pot’s middle. Remember that the roots may need to be pruned and untangled before transferring the plant into the unique pot.
  3. Cover the dracaenas roots with a layer of soil, pack it in, and then water the earth again. It would help if you kept watering until a bit of water began to leak out of the draining holes, as that is an indicator to stop.
  4. Keep up on watering the dracaena as often as needed, ensuring it receives the appropriate amount of water and nutrients. During this time, refrain from allowing direct sunlight to reach the plant.

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Quick Tips for Caring For A Dracaena Post Repotting

During the colder months, dracaenas will only need to be watered once every four weeks due to the soil drying slower, while they should be saturated once every two weeks during warmer months. Keep in mind that some ground used may absorb the water quicker or slower during warmer temperatures, so depending on that, you may be able to stretch the next watering date to four weeks.

Always be sure to avoid overwatering and underwatering your dracaenas. Too much or too little water make for harmful effects on plants.

Only use well-draining soil!

Avoid direct sunlight. If your dracaena is outdoors, it should be in a shaded area where some indirect sunlight can still reach it. While indoors, the plant should be placed near a window where sunlight shines in but should be protected by a sheer curtain of some sort. However, never deprive your dracaenas of bright, natural light.


As you can tell from this article, caring for and repotting a Dracaena succulent is a simple task to take on. Whether you’re new to gardening or you’ve been doing it for years, nearly anyone can accomplish growing a healthy, beautiful Dracaena. Not to mention there is a wide variety of different Dracaenas to choose from – or maybe you’d rather have multiple Dracaenas! Whether in an office, a bedroom, a living room, or a garden, these unique succulents are sure to look fabulous while adding a touch of nature.


Richard Miller

Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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