Re: Urgent help needed on a repotted Dracaena

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Posted by Newt on July 04, 2003 at 08:32:33:

In Reply to: Re: Urgent help needed on a repotted Dracaena posted by Laura on July 03, 2003 at 19:01:25:

: Dan...I am afraid you will not have much luck having taken just the top part of the plant. If you have ideal conditions, the stalk may put out some roots. The best thing would be to have the bottom part of the plant. To propagate Dracaena's, greenhouses slice half way into the stalk at an angle, pack the cut with wet moss, cover with plastic and in time roots grow from the cut of the upper stalk.It is then totally cut off and potted. New growth will grow at the cut of the lower portion. The best you can do now is keep the stalks in water and remove several of the lower leaves (as they will rot in the water).

Hi Dan,
I tend to agree with Laura, but I'd say not to give up. I have successfully cut the stems and rooted in water. I will admit that it often takes months for roots to appear, but as long as the stems don't rot, let them stay in the water. When the water level drops, replenish with some that sits overnight in an open container so that the chlorine will dissipate a bit. Take a look at these sites and see if they're helpful.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8700.html
http://www.rooting-hormones.com/plntlist.htm

Best of luck,
Newt

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