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 healthy) and are perfect for any indoor or outdoor setting. However, like any plant, dracaenas must occasionally be repotted 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 they have enough room to expand. If you need guidance on re-potting your dracaena correctly, read on! This article will walk you through the necessary steps and discuss the best time.
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, and Dracaena Draco.
When To Repot Dracaena?
Depending on where you live, you can re-pot dracaenas nearly anytime you choose. They are among the succulents that can handle cold temperatures. However, it’s highly recommended to re-pot them during warmer temperatures. That said, specialists will likely recommend repotting during the early fall, spring, and summer months. In addition to that, because they are such a low-maintenance species, you will need to re-pot dracaenas every three to five months unless they are growing faster.
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How To Re-pot 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 draining holes 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.
- 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.
- Remove your dracaena from the original pot and place it in the new pot’s middle. Remember that the roots must be pruned and untangled before transferring the plant into the unique pot.
- 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 some water began to leak out of the draining holes, as that is an indicator to stop.
- Keep watering the dracaena as often as needed, ensuring it receives the appropriate water and nutrients. During this time, refrain from allowing direct sunlight to reach the plant.
Quick Tips for Caring For A Post-Repotting Dracaena
It would help to use only water dracaenas once every four weeks during the colder months. Why? Because the soil dries slower, usually, you must water once every two weeks during warmer months.
- Remember 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 makes for harmful effects on plants.
- Only use well-draining soil!
- Avoid direct sunlight. If your dracaena is outdoors, it should be shaded where some indirect sunlight can still reach it. While indoors, the plant should be placed near a window where sunlight shines in but protected by a sheer curtain. However, never deprive your dracaenas of bright, natural light.
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As you can tell from this article, caring for and repotting a Dracaena succulent is a simple task. Whether you’re new to gardening or have been doing it for years, nearly anyone can grow a healthy, beautiful Dracaena. Here are more helpful guides on the Dracaena plants:
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