Ask a Question forum: How to divide Dracena marginata (Dragon plant)?

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Granbury, TX
Jun 30, 2017 12:41 PM CST
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This is 18 yrs old. Re-potted about 4yrs. ago and staked the 2 top heavy branches. The new sprout came up at base and has grown larger than two originals but from same trunk. Now another is sprouting. I'd like to keep the 2 curvy ones and separate them from new growth. Do I cut them at roots to separate? Rosemary F.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 30, 2017 4:51 PM CST
I don't think a Dracaena marginata root is dividable but you can cut the stems and root them.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jul 1, 2017 6:55 AM CST
The roots of your Marginata are completely entwined so there is no practical way to divide them without shocking the plant. In theory, it could be done, but I don't advise it because of the risk.

You might consider air-layering the taller stem. That will allow you to root that stem before actually severing it. It can then be moved into its own small pot without disturbing the roots of the existing plant.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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