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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Feb 6, 2017 7:00 AM CST
Should I propagate or.. idk what to do.
So I'm begging for advice here. Please read my post which continues on the link I shared. Its alot to go over but isnt it worth it to save a plant??😇??

The thread "Double check , what am I?" in Plant ID forum
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Mar 7, 2017 11:21 AM CST
Its back!!!! (())
I lost this Anita bush to shock I believe " about 4ish weeks ago. so I tried propagating 2 pieces but that failed in vermiculite. They just continued to die as if they were still on the plant,
But I left the roots stump and one stem intact, I didn't remove it because it had not blacken as the rest were doing. I guess i was just hoping for a miracle!!!!
Then I planted some F:"orget me nots" in this same pot meaning I have been tending to this daily its getting lots of light , water as necessary and the forget me nots are looking good... then TA DA sprouts all of a sudden yesterday I seen this! !!!! I couldnt be any happier about this.. thanks to mother nature and my refusal to trash plants. This is the 2nd bush to live for me when the odds were so against!!!!
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Anyone have ideas rather these 2 will be ok growing together? I have plans of putting the forget me nots out side if or when they get too big for this space.
Also anyone willing to give me tips on growing this Anita Bush Id be very grateful for all tips and opinions. ..
Is there any way we can get this guy growing and very healthy is my goal!!

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 7, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Hello Pamela, I just read your old thread, and this new one. For me, I always consider my Dracaenas rather drought tolerant, so I adjust my watering as seasons change, but still always considering they prefer to be just moderately moist and go drier. Less watering in winter time when they slow down in growth and delay any attempts to repot or prune till conditions improve in Spring, and if there is active growth then slowly increasing the watering pace, but not making them too soaking wet.

So looking at your photo, yes, your Dracaena is recovering, new growth below the cut-off point. Just continue to position in good bright light area, not direct sun, water gently, and it should continue bouncing back. I hope your Dracaena container has drainage holes so the roots are not getting too soaking wet. If you are going to continue growing it indoors, then be mindful of watering. If it is to be grown outdoors later in shade, then its needs will vary, with more air and warmth outside, then a bit more watering is needed, since its dry out time will be much faster. So your watering regimen will also depend on where you plan to grow your plant.

I would not put your forget me nots with your Dracaena, they have different watering needs, I think, needs more moisture.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Mar 9, 2017 9:44 PM CST
Thanks tarev for all the information. I will move the forget me nots asap. Im afraid they are to small to move now. Im spraying them alot with water and I'm trying not to let the soil get soaked deep inside the pot where the anita bushs roots are. Idk how well this will work out but it was my idea to spray the forget me nots alot keeping the soil moist on top for forget me nots. But not pouring alot of water in to pot . In hopes of preventing water from sitting on roots of antia bush.
Im concerned even more now.. maybe I should just trash the forget me nots as to not harm the anita bush? ?
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 9, 2017 10:56 PM CST
Try to see if soil is getting too wet, use a bamboo skewer, dip it into the soil. If it comes out wet..then you know your media is going like that..staying wet.

It will be up to you what you want to do..good luck! Hope both plants endure!
Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
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mnmat
Mar 10, 2017 9:20 AM CST
Hey Pam

I've lost my Dracaena fragrans (Corn Plant) twice and each time I cut off the top that was dying, stuck it in dirt and it grew roots. My houseplant books didn't say anything about cutting off the top for new buds and I was afraid if I cut off the growing tip it wouldn'tregrow. Why I didn't Google it I don't know. This is one of those "DUH" moments. I've had the plant for 26+ years and am glad to learn of another way to keep it going. It has sentimental value to me.

I'm really glad to hear that your Anita is doing so well! That is a nice looking plant!

I agree I agree with Tarev, you need to move your Forget-me-nots. To move tiny seedlings I use a baby spoon. The smallest ones. The one I use is from when my 45 year old son was a baby. If you don't have one use a teaspoon. Just don't touch the stem, they're too fragile, leaves only.

Have fun watching Anita get pretty again! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Meri
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Mar 12, 2017 7:36 AM CST
Thanks tarve and
mnmat for all the help.
Im excited to get to watch my anita bush start all over!!

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