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Catie
Nov 1, 2016 1:13 PM CST
Hello! I've had this corn plant for about 4 or 5 years now. It started out tiny but got a lot bigger. The only issue is the stalk is too thin to hold itself up. I even tried wrapping a pool noodle around it for support. At least there's less chance of it breaking and it helps keep it up a little.

I know you can use cut offs to replant more plants, but would cutting the stalk and replanting it to grow new roots work on the parent plant? I don't want to lose it at all. I just want it to be healthier and not break. I would greatly appreciate any advice!

Oh, and in the picture I know the dirt is too low. I attempted to re-pot it, hoping the higher dirt would help but miscalculated the amount of dirt it would take and ran out. I'm planning on putting more in there in the next day or two.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 1, 2016 2:02 PM CST
Welcome!

Yes, you can root stem segments and the parent plant will rebranch just below wherever you cut it. But the only way to keep from having a wobbly skinny trunk is to provide more light.
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Catie
Nov 1, 2016 4:43 PM CST
Thanks for the info! Smiling It gets a lot of light though. It's always in a bright window or my porch. What I'm wondering is if I cut the trunk under the leaves, not the top but the bottom, essentially severing the roots to make the plant shorter, would it re-root? It's got about 3 feet of bare stalk at the bottom so if I cut the top and wait for it to regrow in that way I'd have a bare stalk as a plant, and I'm not sure if it would regrow with no leaves.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 1, 2016 5:59 PM CST
The stem attached to the roots, no matter how tall or short you choose to cut, will leaf out at the nodes nearest the top of the stem. So if you cut it down to 6 inches, it will sprout at close to 6 inches. If you cut at 3 feet, it will branch at close to 3 feet (not lower).

You can cut your plant off and then cut the stem you removed into segments. Each of those will root (at the bottom) and branch at the top. These plants naturally have long bare stems.
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Catie
Nov 1, 2016 9:39 PM CST
Thank you! I appreciate it! I'm going to start my plant project tomorrow so it'll be a healthier, happier, plant. Smiling I've been looking for an answer to my poor wobbly plant for ages Smiling Thanks again!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 1, 2016 10:10 PM CST
Happy to help.
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