Urgent help needed on a repotted Dracaena

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Posted by Dan on June 30, 2003 at 22:05:39:

Hi everyone,

I seek wisdom on what may have been an error, borne of ignorance on my part.

A friend of mine's mother passed away, and, when disposing of her posession, my friend told me I could have a magnificent Dracaena (actually, 2 of them) that she had had for years. They were both about 8 feet tall, and were in pots half the size of Montana. Inasmuch as this was Manhattan, and I didn't have the ability to transport the pots, I was perplexed... until another friend of his, who claimed to know much about these matters, told me I could easily sever the stalks at the base, and put them in water or soil when I got home. This made things much easier, so, I did just that- cut a diagonal in the stalks above the roots (the stalks are about 1 1/2" in diameter), and returned them to my apartment, placing one in moist soil, one in a vase with water, and fed them both immediately. Well, it's been about a week, and, they don't seem to be either sprouting roots, or drawing water ( which doesn't HUGELY surprise me, as, the stalks are like bamboo). I fear for their survival, and, seek cogent counsel. Thanks,


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