Pruning/Pinching Indoor Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Calgary, AB
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Question by bisschoc
November 9, 1997
I have a plant that I want to branch out rather than just one central branch. I do not know what type of plant it is but it has approx. three inch leaves radiating from the central stem. The leaves are green with yellow spots (natural to the leaf). What is the best way to prune or pinch this plant so that it will branch out?

Answer from NGA
November 9, 1997
It's very hard to identify plants for sure, but here's one possibility: Gold Dust Dracaena (Dracaena godseffiana or D. surculosa). It is a woody plant with 3-5 inch long leaves dusted with creamy-white spots. The leaves are borne in groups of 2 or 3, widely spaced along the stem.

Dracaenas are in general pretty durable plants. I would cut back the stem to just above a set of leaves. Don't remove more that 1/3 the foliage on the plant though. You can try rooting the cutting--you might be able to get another plant! (If the plant is quite small, simply pinch the growing tip off.)

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