Propagation forum: Dracaena marginata

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Name: Jack
Calgary Alberta
Aug 3, 2017 9:30 AM CST
Hello All! Trying to propagate my plant and I know that I do not have much of a green thumb, just curious if you guys think this would be it decent setup for growing a new plant from a cutting?
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Aug 11, 2017 1:48 PM CST
Marginatas are very difficult to propagate from stem cuttings. The most effective way to do that is by air-layering which is too hard to explain here but a search will provide you with a demo. A poor second option would be to take a tip cutting, insert it into a small pot filled with a damp potting mix that is one-third perlite and two-thirds peat moss. Then put the pot and cutting inside of a clear, sealed plastic bag that you blow up with your personal supply of CO2. The sealed bag will maintain the moisture in the potting mix and in the air surrounding the cutting. Keep it warm but away from the direct rays of the sun to avoid over-heating.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Aug 12, 2017 6:39 AM CST
I have done MANY cuttings of D. marginata and don't do anything more technical than cut the piece & stick it in a pot. So far this year, I have done at least a dozen cuttings. The usual size is about 18" long, but much longer pieces also work well.

If the mama tree is not growing vigorously, I would try to address that issue before trying to propagate any part of it.

Some pics over the past couple months:

This pot was created from several cuttings a few yrs ago (with a big air plant and red Ti plant.)
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Some older trees that yield cuttings about every year.
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Stumps regrowing after being beheaded:
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