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Jun 1, 2020 5:45 PM CST
|I recently inherited this Hawaiian dracaena from work. It's about 5 1/2 to 6 feet tall. It doesn't stand up on its own and is still in the pot it came in from wherever it was purchased, which is 11 inches tall and 12 inches wide. I have it pictured here inside another pot I just had on hand, to hide the plastic one it came in. I'd love to move it into the outside pot, or a different one completely to see if that would help it stand up on its own. My question is does it look like it needs to be in a bigger pot? Or does it need to stay in one this size to prevent it from growing any bigger? Thank you!!
Jun 2, 2020 1:32 AM CST
|Keep it in the pot its in now for the best result. If you transplant the plant you will cause problems with it. It looks so good now, and the most important thing is finding the perfect location for it.
Filtered indoor light "such as see through curtain in front of a sunny window" or a semi-shade spot is a good location. Never place a dracaena plant in contact with the sun, because the rays will burn its leave. Dracaena require less water than most indoor plants so be careful not to over water. .
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Jun 2, 2020 8:15 AM CST
|Your Hawaiian-grown Dracaena 'Lisa' is healthy and very good quality. It is thriving in the volcanic cinder mix it was grown in and it would be a mistake to repot it.
The individual canes or stems will each continue to grow taller regardless of the pot size. As that happens it will naturally become somewhat top-heavy.
To keep the plant from tipping over, one option would be to add more ballast or weight around the plastic nursery pot. For example, you could replace the gray plastic planter with a heavier terra cotta planter large enough for the nursery pot to fit into. Or you could use a larger outside pot in which you put gravel in the bottom and set the nursery pot on top of that. Or you could add some heavy rocks to the top of the soil. In any case, leave the soil and roots undisturbed in their nursery pot.
Another option is to prune back one or more off the tallest stems that are causing it to tip. Any stem can be shortened to any height without harm to the plant. New growth will emerge on the pruned back stem starting where you make the pruning cut and resuming upward growth from there. The top cutting can be rooted as a separate plant if you want.
The pruning will not only help with the tipping but will also keep it from outgrowing its space.
As for its routine care, keep it out of the direct sun, as Luke suggested. Water it slowly over the entire surface until you see some water trickle through the drain holes of the inner pot. Don't let it sit in excess water for more than a day or so. A weekly watering is usually just about right for this plant.
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Jun 2, 2020 10:49 AM CST
|I would not repot that. Seems okay right now. I would try to find a plant caddy with wheels, so you can easily do quarter turns for your plant as needed to even out light exposure.
Just make sure as well, since it has a cache pot that it does not sit in water, hopefully you can remove the excess water once it drains away from the main container.
It will not take our Cali dry heat outside, unless your location is much more coastal, so just maintain it indoors, with indirect light access.
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