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Name: Reid
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Anderwood
Oct 21, 2014 2:42 PM CST
Hi. I just brought my dracena indoors. The very top is dried and spindly. The bottom half has healthy new growth from the summer. Can I cut of the top part of the plant without doing harm?
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Oct 21, 2014 4:29 PM CST
A picture would help since there are lots of plants in the Dracaena Genus.
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purpleinopp
Oct 22, 2014 7:15 AM CST
From what you describe, sounds like the top part has died off. I'd love to see a pic too!
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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Oct 22, 2014 8:13 PM CST
Ok, I'll try and get a pic tomorrow before daughter goes to bed. It is in her room.
Name: Reid
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Anderwood
Nov 1, 2014 10:26 AM CST
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@xeramtheum @purpleinopp here are some pics.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 1, 2014 10:40 AM CST
Definitely prune it. When mine got too tall and leggy I'd cut it back to about 3 inches above the ground then cut the long stems to about 4 inches and stick half of the stem in potting mix. Most if not all of the bare stems will root and produce new foliage. For the top with the greenery keep about a 3 inch stem below the greenery and gently pull off the bottom leaves that look icky and stick it in potting mix making sure you are burying part of the stem where you pulled the leaves.

It should start rooting and producing new greenery in about a month if the potting mix temperature is kept in the upper 60's to low 70's. Below that temp it will take longer. The key thing is to keep the soil moist .. more on the dry side of moist though.
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tarev
Nov 1, 2014 1:17 PM CST
I would wait till Spring to do the pruning. Cut off at the point where you want to see new growth to come out. It will branch below the cut off point.

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