Posted by Maren on July 09, 2003 at 13:47:05:
In Reply to: Re: Urgent help needed on a repotted Dracaena posted by Newt on July 04, 2003 at 08:32:33:
: : 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).
actually, you can propagate draecaenas but rooting cuttings in water just fine. Air layering is usually not necessary.
: 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.
I meant to reply a few days ago but my post never showed up, so I'm trying this again.
I think both Laura and Newt are overly pessimistic in this. I live in the wet tropics and propagating dracaenas here is something you have to try hard to fail. Given the right surroundings they will root in water as well as in soil. Make sure that you change the water every few days, removed the bottom leaves as Laura suggested, and let the water stand over night to get rid of most of the chlorine as Newt suggested. Depending on where you are you may want to give it a more sunny or a more shady spot, and make sure that it has temperatures between roughly 70 and 90F.
Maren, in Hilo, HI