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Dracaena propagation and trimming


How do you propagate a Dracaena?

The Dracaena belongs to the houseplants that are easy to cut. Although it is important to be patient. After you have cut the plant it can take about 4 weeks before roots have formed. Although the cutting of the Dracaena is essential for a healthy mother plant. If you look at the looks of the Dracaena it looks a bit like the Yucca.

As soon as the Dracaena gets a little older the trunk can be covered with brown drooping leaves. To freshen up the plant a bit you can cut the Dracaena cuttings. This not only makes for a nicer, but also healthy plant.


  • Dracaena
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Flower pot with fresh potting soil
  • Optional: cutting powder

Propagating a Dracaena in 4 steps

1. Grab your tools

The cutting of the Dracaena can be quite a tough job. You need a pair of pruning shears or a strong and sharp knife.

Before we start cutting, it is important to disinfect the scissors and the knife. We recommend to use pure alcohol or disinfectant.

2. Cut the top

Cut the branches of the Dracaena. Doesn’t your houseplant have any branches? No problem! You can also cut Dracaena cuttings without branches. You can also cut off the top of the plant. Make sure you remove at least 10 cm.

3. Repot those cuttings!

If you happen to have cutting powder in the house you can apply it to the open wound of the cutting and mother plant. Let the powder dry well.

Don’t have any cutting powder? No problem! Although the use of cutting powder can promote root growth.

Then put the plant in a flowerpot with fresh potting soil. Place the stem deep enough in the soil. Make sure that the lower jug of the stem is free of leaves. Is this not the case? Remove the bottom leaf with a disinfected knife, scissors or with clean hands.

4. Patience is rewarded

After about one month you will see that the cutting will grow. By then enough roots have formed to take care of the cutting ‘normally’. In the beginning it is important to keep the soil slightly moist.

As soon as the cutting gets older you can reduce the watering. The Dracaena needs enough water once every 2.5 to 4 weeks.

Tip: You can also take bare stem cuttings. You’ll need a glass of water for this. Make sure you put the right side of the trunk down. When the roots are about 15 cm long you can repot the stem.
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