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Question: If you cut the top 4 or 5 bands off with the leaves with it. The other haft of the plant has roots and a stalk with not leaves. The plant will grow leaves and the other will grow roots. But it can not grow any taller (RIGHT?). Because the leaves will start growing from the top and on the side. The top is flat with leaves growing on the side. So can it grow any taller? Is all dracraena slow growing like the lucky bamboo?

Answer: Rumor has it that the stem will not grow any taller. That's true; the original stem will not grow, but as the leaves grow from the side of the top, it will eventually produce a hard stem when the old leaves fall off. This will take several years, though. This is how the stem is produced in the first place. Leaves grow and then die off. Where the leaves once were, a node (or knuckle or band) will be there. It was there all the time, hidden by the leaves. So, instead of the original stem growing taller, you'll have a side stem and it will eventually grow outwards and then upwards, and after several years it will be taller than the original stem. Lucky bamboo is one of the slower growing dracaenas. Others grow faster, but it depends on the growing conditions and the variety.

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