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Jun 3, 2020 10:43 AM CST
Coloma, Michigan
My problem is my Dragon tree has gotten tall ( 43inches above pot) and despite having the tag showing a bushy plant, I thought it was supposed to grow straight up. Had to keep off floor because my cat liked eating it. Anyway I have neglected it on many occasion and it had to be moved out of direct light but now is bending over. Looks awful. I now see a new sprout from the bottom. My question is is can I cut this back severely and how far from soil to create a bushier type plant seen in many photos on this site? I will be able to put closer to window if I can make it shorter. The new sprout is almost at soil level. Thanks for any help you can give me. I didn't see this example addressed in any other posts.
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Jun 3, 2020 3:27 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
The tall stem of your Dracaena marginata (correct spelling) can be cut back to any height. It will then start to produce new leaf growth starting at that point and grow upward from there. In time, you will have two short stems and a smaller but fuller plant.

You may also be able to propagate a tip cutting taken from the very top and discarding the bare middle section.
Will Creed
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Jun 3, 2020 4:13 PM CST
Coloma, Michigan
Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. I am definitely going to try and propagate a cutting. Wish me luck!!!

Thanks for correcting my spelling too.
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Jun 4, 2020 8:25 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Good luck! For whatever it's worth, the name "marginata" is a reference to the thin red border or margin on the leaves.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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