Houseplants forum: Help: Identification and Maitenance

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Jan 19, 2017 11:15 AM CST
I recently came into possession of two rather large house plants so I can't speak to how they were cared for previously and in what conditions they were kept.

Iwould kindly ask your help in identifying them and advice on how to care for them as well as next steps. They both seem like they could do with some love and a serious trimming since they are quite tall (+6 ft) and that is getting close to maximum height for me.

Please see below images and many thanks in advance.

Plant #1
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This one doesn't stand up straight and if I didn't have it positioned just so the stems/trunk would bend over and be almost horizontal. I am afraid it is going to break under its own weight. You can see yellowed/shriveled bit at the end of each leaf.

Plant #2
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This one, the stem/trunks are really growing out of whack and are spiraling off in every which direction. If I didn't have this placed just so the tops would be all over the place. Also getting pretty tall this one and again you can see dead/dying, yellowed bits on the end of many of the leaves, particularly towards the bottom.
Name: Gene Staver
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Jan 19, 2017 11:25 AM CST
Both appear to be Dracena. You can cut the stem back anywhere you want and where you cut it, it will send out new growth. Both look they need more light. Gene

Jan 19, 2017 11:32 AM CST
@gasrocks, Many thanks for the quick reply! Thank You!

So I can cut the stem anywhere?...seriously anywhere? Blinking How long before I can expect new growth?
Name: Gene Staver
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Jan 19, 2017 12:30 PM CST
Yes, anywhere. Be patient. New growth will depend on a number of factors. I'd also suggest you repot both plants with some fresh soil. Gene
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Jan 20, 2017 11:44 AM CST
Lovely trees!

I think the first one may be a Ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa.) So closely related to Dracaena, the distinction isn't relevant to care.
You should be able to decide which by comparing to the pics in these entries:
Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa)
A specific plain green cultivar:
Ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa 'Peleโ€™s Smoke')

The 2nd tree looks like this kind:
Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)

If/when cutting either, new growth on the stump will likely come from near where it was cut. The removed pieces can be stuck in the pot with the stump, or in a new pot, and should take root and grow new plants as well. Some like a large piece 2+ feet tall, and others like to play with smaller lengths of naked stem, about half-buried horizontally on the soil surface. Looks like you have enough tree material to do both if it sounds like fun.

It's normal for the lower leaves to be lost as the trunk lignifies. I would agree with repotting at your earliest convenience.

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Name: Lin
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Jan 20, 2017 1:01 PM CST
At first I thought plant #1 was a Dracaena fragrans also but when I enlarged the picture I see that the trunk and stems are more like Cordyline. Dracaena fragrans tends to have thicker trunks and stems.

Agreed, #2 is definitely Dracaena marginata.
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Jan 23, 2017 8:35 AM CST
@plantladylin, @purpleinopp, @gasrocks

Thanks so much for the replies, super helpful! I'll take this and give them some TLC. Thanks for the idea regarding cutting and replanting the cut sections, will definitely try that!

Cheers and happy planting!

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