What is the Best Way to Repot a Lucky Bamboo Plant?

Someone gave me a lucky bamboo. I looked it up and found that it is actually a dracaena, not really bamboo. It is getting large for the tiny container it came in, and I would like to transplant it. It is currently in some kind of gel that absorbs water and covered with a sprinkling of tiny gravel. What would be the best medium for me to use to transplant it? Can I use soil, or do I have to use something like the gel? I am afraid that the gel will eventually break down as it is looser in the pot.

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You can move your "lucky bamboo" into standard potting soil if you want to. As you already discovered, this plant is not an actual bamboo, but a dracaena -- which can be grown as a standard houseplant. Keep your plant slightly moist at all times for the first few weeks to help it get used to life in the soil, since it's roots are used to growing in the gel. After a week or two, the plant should be developing new roots, and you can cut back watering. Water only when the soil begins to dry out.

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