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Jun 6, 2020 8:28 AM CST
Singapore
Good day there!

My pictum came to me lengthy and i want to perform a stem cutting so that i can grow a lush/bushier plant. Is there a high possibility of success without root hormone powder? She only has three leaves though :/

Regardless, thanks for the input! Cheers!
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Jun 6, 2020 9:34 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Welcome! A photo would be helpful.

If you cut an Aglaonema stem it is not likely to produce more than a single new shoot. It is not a naturally branching plant. Perhaps your plan is to insert the cutting in the base of the pot so that additional stem make the plant fuller.

Rooting powder is not necessary and is of limited benefit.
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Jun 6, 2020 9:58 PM CST
Singapore
Here you go! I understand however, what i intended was to cut and plant the upper section, getting rid of the lengthy stem (trunk if you would). In this manner, growing a lusher plant Big Grin Big Grin

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Jun 7, 2020 7:19 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Yes, you can cut off the top section and insert it in the same pot so you will then have two stems.
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Jun 7, 2020 7:54 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
It will not really grow bushier though. This is a species Aglaonema, not a hybrid. It behaves a lot differently than a larger leaved hybrid. These pictums tend to shed their leaves as they grow, and they also will yellow and look sick when they bloom. You should not let the plant bloom, but cut the spathes off as soon as they appear because the blooms dear a lot of energy from the leaves.

They will get larger but not bushier, even if you cut them.

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These plants are 15 years old. The first one is an offset of the second 2. None of them are over 10 inches tall even at this age. And none have ever kept more leaves than they have in these photos.

There are 2 plants in the container in the 2nd photo which is why to looks like it is bushier
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Jun 9, 2020 7:31 AM CST
Singapore
Thank you for both replies! Never knew that aglaonema weren't mean to grow bushy, nonetheless, a very pretty plant Smiling Noticed that my plant is shooting a new leaf, will wait before i cut and plant Green Grin! Green Grin! Last question, how does a spathe look like? google isn't helping much hahah
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Jun 9, 2020 7:38 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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The photo is not clear, but it looks like the spathe is already dead.
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Jun 9, 2020 9:32 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
The spathe comes out closed tightly and takes a while to open, when it does it only partially opens on top and after a few days opens more to expose the base. The spadix is VERY fragile. These are the blooms on my terrarium (3rd) plant. See how the leaves are affected adversely? I ended up cutting off both blooms and the leaves are recovering now. The energy drain was just too much for it
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Jul 12, 2020 1:07 AM CST
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Hurray! Hurray!

Is that a spathe i see? How do i remove it properly? Big Grin Big Grin
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Jul 12, 2020 6:53 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Wait for it to fully emerge, it will have a small petiole that you can just snip it off
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Jul 17, 2020 8:28 AM CST

Mine is putting out what looks like 2 and also another leaf at the same time. Also hasn't lost any leaves. Crossing Fingers! hopefully it stays this way. Is it normal for it to grow 2? I've had them for about a year and I've only ever seen them put out one.
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Jul 17, 2020 11:58 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
That is another spathe. You could nip the first one off now and nip the second one off when it looks like the first one does now
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Nov 21, 2020 6:40 AM CST
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A little update;
I've since then cut the plant in two and planted the top half of the plant. The stump put out 2 leaves and another on the way while the top half is finally giving me a new big leaf. Very satisfied with the results, cheers!
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Nov 21, 2020 7:11 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Great! I am thinking of doing this with one of mine
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