How to propagate: Dracaena (Dragon tree)

The Dracaena belongs to the indoor plants that are easy to propagate. Although it is important to be patient. After propagating it can take about 4 weeks before roots have formed.

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 propgate the plant. This not only makes the look of the plant more attractive, but also healthy plant.


  • Dracaena
  • Knife or pruning shears
  • Disinfectant
  • Decorative pot with fresh potting soil
  • Optional: cutting powder

Propagating a Dracaena in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

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

Before propagating it is important to disinfect the pruning shears or knife. Keep the pruning shears or knife under hot water and clean it well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after using hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

You can propagate two parts of the Dracaena: a top cutting or a stem cutting.

If you cut the top or a stem, make sure that the cutting is at least 20 cm.

It is best to take more than one cutting. We recommend this because taking cuttings from the Dracaena is not a guaranteed success.

Step 3: Apply cutting powder

Do you happen to have cutting powder at home? Then you can apply the cutting powder to the ‘open wound’ of the cutting. Let the powder dry well!

Don’t have any cutting powder? No problem. You can also easily propagate without. Although the use of cutting powder can stimulate root growth. So it is an interesting option to consider.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

In the beginning it is important to keep the soil of the cutting slightly moist.

After about a month the cutting will start to grow. At that moment there are enough roots formed to treat the plant as the mother plant. The Dracaena needs enough water once every 2.5 to 4 weeks.

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