If you've had the plant for a year it is probably rootbound.* If you see roots coming out of the drainage holes or can see them through the drainage holes, it's time to repot.* you can also check by gently lifing it out of the pot.* If it needs a new pot use one that is 2" larger.* Here's how to repot your plant.
ok thanks newt, It seems to be bound. Also upon removing the plant from its pot. I noticed that the roots went straight down and into the drainage hole. I had to cut it lose. Will this put it into a shock stage?* This is a dragon tree with one main stock and 3 nice splits on it. How long will it take to start growing taller do you have any ideas? And once its potted into a permanent pot im sure it will still end up* root bound sooner or later, will this keep it from continueing to grow?
Bkwilson, you are very welcome!* Cutting the roots that were sticking out of the drainage holes won't be a problem.* They tend to get dry and need to be cut off anyway.* It shouldn't harm the plant or make it grow slower.* Do tease out the outer roots when you repot.
It will take a couple of months before you see much growth, if any.* The plant will concentrate on establishing it's roots again.* These plants tend to grow slowly, especially in low light.* Expect to repot in another year or 18 months.* Sometimes with larger plants you can wait 2 years or more to repot.
When you say 'dragon tree' I'm thinking you mean Dracaena marginata.
similar to that but mine has the real long green leaves that have the red lining on the outside edge. the stalk looks like a dried out bamboo. Ive heard these plants get upto 10 feet OH YEAH cant wait. thanks again for the help!!
If you click on the picture at that site you will see the redish stripes on the outer edges of the leaves.*
Glad I could help!