Repotting dracaena and mealybugs
Hi everyone! I have had this dracaena plant I got from ikea at LEAST 5 years ago, and I know it is definitely root bound. I always delayed repotting it because honestly, even though I've read article after article of instructions, I feel like I'm gonna mess up and kill my plant. So please, pretend I'm a 5 year old and include the type of soil I should get, including brands if possible! I kinda want it to get bigger, so I guess I need a new pot? How can I get the "limbs" to look more neat? Can I secure them with a wire or twin or something?
The other thing is, he's contracted mealybugs. I discovered the bottom leaves were falling off dramatically and all this white powder came out of it.. MEALYBUGS! Little demons. Since then (maybe 3 months ago?) I've regularly been spraying it with a diluted rubbing alcohol + water spray and closely inspecting the leaf crevices to smoosh out any I can see with a q-tip. He seems to be doing much better, and the mealy bugs are still there but decreasing. Are there any other natural/organic remedies I can try? I've heard about neem oil and might look into that.