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Choosing the right pot for your Dracaena plant might look like a daunting task. However, if you know what points to keep in mind, potting it won’t be that difficult.

The first and most important thing to consider is the size of your plant. The current size of the roots, stems, and leaves of a Dracaena plant determines which pot is ideal for it. The pot should be large enough to accommodate the roots but small enough to allow for root growth. After all, you won’t want your plant to fall over after it has grown to a certain size.

Although pots are available in many different materials, you may want to use plastic pots for their lightweight make and affordability. Plastic pots are available in a variety of sizes. They can be measured by the diameter across their tops. Usually, it is recommended that you transfer your plant to a pot that is the next larger size when compared to its current pot size.

What is the right type of soil for Dracaena plants?

Usually, the soil should be a mix of loam, peat, and vermiculite, or perlite. While loam adds nutrition to the soil mix, peat reduces the pH level. Perlite or vermiculite boosts drainage. This soil is specifically designed for potting. To allow water to flow through it, the soil should be coarse and open in texture. It should not contain moisture retention ingredients as they tend to make the soil too heavy and hold onto moisture for too long. You can also go without fertilizer as most potted plants, particularly dracaenas, don’t require much fertilizer. If you are looking for the perfect packaged soil for your Dracaena, then simply go for cactus soil. It has better drainage than regular soil and can be mixed with perlite. This improves drainage in an incredible way. For desired results, mix soil and perlite in a 3:1 or 2:1 ratio.

Repotting Dracaena –

You can repot your Dracaena plant if it’s been in its current pot for a while and is growing in size. However, if you have just recently purchased it and you think it is time to repot it, it would be wise not to do so.

It is a myth that you need to repot new plants because they are not in “good soil”. Growers use excellent potting mixes, and fertilize adequately to ensure maximum growth. Hence, they don’t require any additional fertilizer for at least 6 months.

Dracaenas are very sensitive and have small root systems. They don’t like to repot. So, repotting isn’t recommended unless it is absolutely necessary.

Also, repotting does not always refer to increasing the size of a pot— you can also replace old potting mixes that have lost nutrients. Your plant will eventually outgrow its current pot and require a bigger pot. It’s then that you might need to repot it to support its growth.

How important is the size of a pot?

We often refer to plants in terms of their size or in inches. This is not a reference to the plant but to the size of the pot, it is placed in. A 4″ plant, for example, is a plant that grows in a 4-inch pot. It doesn’t matter how large the plant is; it will grow in a pot that is 4 inches tall by 4 inches wide.

If you don’t know how to choose the right pot size, consider the current pot’s size. If the current pot of the plant is 10 inches or smaller, you should choose a pot that is at least 1-2 inches larger. However, if the current pot is larger than 10″ in diameter, then go for a pot with its diameter 2-3 inches larger than that of the current pot.

Is it necessary for your planter to have drainage?

Yes. It’s highly advisable that you choose pots and planters with drainage. This is especially important if your watering skills are not perfect. However, it is possible to make pots without drainage work with some finesse. Always fill 1/3 of the container with water, not more than that. To allow excess water to drain, you can line the bottom with lava rocks and similar materials. Taking such measures will reduce the likelihood of root rot.

Conclusion

The overall health of your Dracaena plant depends heavily on the pot you choose for it and the soil you use to place it. Other factors like drainage are also equally important. Remember, it’s only when you let it grow in the most favourable conditions that it grows unhindered.