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long Island NY
Jul 26, 2017 7:42 PM CST

I have my late grandmother's house plant. It has to be moved into another pot. I'm not sure exactly the type of plant it is or how to move it.
It's very sentimental.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Name: tarev
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Jul 26, 2017 8:38 PM CST
Hi Sunshine 1983, the tall one is called Dracaena marginata, and the vining ones looks like pothos. D. marginata needs well draining soil, so you can use any potting soil and just add some more perlite or pumice to make sure it is goes well draining. Looking at it, I think it can still stay in the same container, as long as that one has drainage holes.

It is quite drought tolerant, so do not overwater. Water well early in the day till it drains out of the holes and allow to go dry a bit. It is a low light plant so it just needs good light but not direct sun. It is just a bit too tall already, if you want, you can chop off at the level you want and it will grow new set of leaves below cut off point. Allow to callus the cut off part, you can apply light cinnamon too as fungicide and stick it back to another well draining soil. You may have to stake it a bit till it makes its new roots that will anchor it. It is a matter of preference to the height you want. You can also just leave it as it is.
Name: Daisy I
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Jul 26, 2017 8:59 PM CST

Topping your Dracaena is a personnal choice, not necessary to the health of your plant.
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Name: Will Creed
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Jul 29, 2017 8:00 AM CST
I'm not sure what you hope to accomplish by moving your plant to a different pot. Both the Marginata and the Pothos appear to be healthy, although the Marginata is a bit spindly due to less than ideal light. A new pot will not change that. I assume that the two plants are potted together and trying to separate their roots is fraught with potential trauma and other difficulties. There is nothing to suggest that together they need a larger pot.

If you explain why you think repotting is necessary, there may be a better solution to that problem.
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