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Yesterday I repotted my Dracaena Marginata from a 10" pot into 12.5". Being a newbie to plants , I perhaps haven't done things the right way- its a plant I love so want to make sure I've done things correctly
The leaves had become droopy, the soil constantly dry even after I watered it , plus roots were coming out of the bottom so it was definitely needing a new pot ( I think)

So when I took it out of its old pot and into the new , I put about 3 inches worth of soil underneath but what I didn't do was loosen the roots , I just put it into the new pot and put soil around the sides and on the top.

Really worried it's going to die now because I didn't loosen its roots. I did this yesterday , my question is do I take it out of the pot again and re-do it properly and loosen the roots?

Your advice is much appreciated.

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The answer to this is how tightly wound were the roots? Rootbound plants sometimes tend not to grow into new soil available. They continue to grow in a circle and not take advantage of the new food and nutrients available to them. It is certainly not too late to fix the possible problem.


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I agree with Tina. So you could re-pot your plant--and loosen the roots a bit and I think possibly wash them off so as to get a good look at them, to make sure they are all healthy.

Bottom line though I think one day is not a good measuerment as that IMO the plant has not had time to settle in to it's new home.

I did read where one should be careful to not disturb the roots too much, and that they prefer to be "slightly" root bound. I do not repot them frequently.
I have one myself & have only repotted it once in about 30-35 years, which I admit might be overdoing the " do not repot too frequently" thing a bit.

Mine does drop some bottom leaves every once in awhile. And they prefer bright but indirect light.



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