Re: corn plant growth and pruning

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Posted by Newt on June 23, 2003 at 20:10:32:

In Reply to: corn plant growth and pruning posted by Christie on June 22, 2003 at 07:08:51:

: I have a corn palm that is 8ft. tall which is now too tall for indoors. Can I prune it somehow? Also, its trunk is very skinny, about a quarter size around. Has a lovely full 'canopy' though. How do I get it to grow 'out' instead of 'up' ?! It also bloomed this winter indoors for the first time and is about 8 yrs. old.

Hi Christie,
Your corn palm isn't a palm at all but a dracaena. I don't know how to tell you to make the stem thicker, at least that is what I think you're asking. You can cut the stem wherever you like and one or two new shoots will appear just below the cut over time. You could also root the piece you cut off. Here's a site with some helpful info on that. Look here under stem cuttings or air layering for your dracaena.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_MG108

Good luck,
Newt

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