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GREENVILLE, SC
mielejam
May 4, 2020 6:48 AM CST
I've had a Dracaena for YEARS. This spring, he was drying out too quickly and falling over regularly, so I repotted him in a larger pot.

The foliage looks substantially better since repotting, and the larger pot no longer topples under the weight of the plant. I believe I went from a 10" pot to a 14".

Despite these positives, he has started leaning over. He was leaning slightly before the repot, so I straightened him while getting him into the new pot. I rotate him during the week, and I've tried tying him upright, which works if he's secured, but it's not great looking. The center of the foliage straightens daily, and he's starting to squiggle at the top as a result.

It almost seems like his little truck is too narrow for his foliage. He's tied to a little stake in each photo. I need to move the stake daily to keep him upright. Thoughts on what else can be done?

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 4, 2020 9:13 AM CST
Welcome! The leaning is a consequence of your good care of your plant. It continues to grow taller while the lower stem remains at the same thickness. Thus, it has become top-heavy. A larget pot won't' solve that problem, but you do have a few options.

You can leave it as it is but continue to use string or taller garden stakes to keep it more upright. Three to four-foot stakes can be inserted directly in the soil right at the base of the stem.

Another option is to move the plant to the floor so that the lean is less noticeable.

The ultimate solution is to cut off some of the top section so that it is less top-heavy. Such pruning will not harm the plant and it will continue to put out new leaf growth starting on the stem where you make the pruning cut and grow upward from there. The pruned off top section can be inserted into the same pot. Eventually, it will root and provide a new stem to help support the original stem.

Will Creed
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