Houseplants forum: Inherited this tree - What in the world is it?

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Name: Sam Woody

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Aug 3, 2012 2:59 PM CST
Hello everyone, I inherited a house plant and I don't know what it is.
I'd like to keep it and take care of it as well as possible.
I guess the first step is to find out what it is!
Thanks everyone!

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Sharon
Aug 3, 2012 4:20 PM CST
Looks like Dracaena marginata, Sam.
If it is, they are easy to grow, but get a little leggy with neglect.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 3, 2012 5:24 PM CST
Ditto to Dracaena marginata! They are easy to propagate too ... just cut the canes anywhere along the stems, let dry and callous over for a couple of days and then pot them up in a small pot with well draining potting medium. Place in a bright location but with no direct sunlight and water sparingly ... roots should appear in a few weeks time. On the mother plant, new growth will sprout just below where the cane is cut. This is one in the ground that I cut the top from ... it's sporting two new growths and the dark green spot in the center is also another emerging branch.

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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 3, 2012 5:37 PM CST
Same here, Lin, but I don't even let them callous over. I just cut them, stick them in soil and let 'em grow. Actually they make nice gifts if the recipient is a plant lover.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 3, 2012 5:54 PM CST
Hi Sharon! I have stuck them right in the soil at times but they sometimes rot so if I'm not in a hurry I will lay them in a dry spot to callous over for a bit before potting them up. I remember about 10-15 years ago they were a dime a dozen in these parts ... don't seem them much in the garden centers anymore but our garden centers don't carry many house plants nowadays for some reason.
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 3, 2012 6:18 PM CST
Funny story: We moved into this house in February and in one of the back bedrooms there was a dracaena, darker green but with red margins. It had been there in that back bedroom with only morning light and no water since the former owners had moved out the August before. The thing was to the ceiling, but hardly any foliage on its long tall canes, only at the top.

I started chopping and chopped all the canes down into 18" stalks. There were three canes on the mother plant and I must have had at least 12 little chopped stalks. I stuck them into a couple of buckets of potting soil and put them in a dimly lit corner till they started growing, then moved them more into the light. By Christmas I had 12 new plants and I gave them all as gifts because by then the mother plant had lots of new growth, too.

I still have the mother plant. It's still giving gifts, too, and has been chopped down many times over the years. Big Grin
By the way, we moved here in '73 so the plant is older than that.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 9, 2012 12:21 PM CST
We bought 2 dracena marginata at a " Dead Plant Rack" at Lowe's. I think we paid $1 for each. Hurray! They sit outside in the shade. I don't pay much attention to them and they have gone from tiny little buggers, to 3 feet tall. Just think what they would do if I gave them a little love? Lovey dubby I think though, this year, they deserve a big pot and will pot them together, and trim them back for a more dramatic look. They do tend to get leggy from the inattention.
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purpleinopp
Aug 13, 2012 8:37 AM CST
Great tree, Sam! Mine looked similar until the wind threw it off the porch last year. But luckily all of the tops are doing well as cuttings, sharing their pot with another Dracaena cutting from a tree I broke trying to bend it into a curve. These really do best if they can go outside for the summer.

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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 13, 2012 12:25 PM CST
Love that, Purple!! 'Pot'o'tops!!
I have a couple of those, too. Big Grin
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purpleinopp
Aug 14, 2012 8:02 AM CST
Thanks!
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