Houseplants forum: Dracena Riki

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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Aug 23, 2017 2:47 PM CST
Some where I read it is a new variety. Gene
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Aug 23, 2017 4:55 PM CST
Looks good! Patented in 1998: http://historicip.com/patents/...

I've had one for a few yrs. I love it! The corkscrew leaves are so cool.
Dracaena reflexa 'Riki'

ETA: One is now 2. Of course I couldn't resist the urge to have it in more than 1 pot.
๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 1, 2017 7:03 AM CST
If this was noticeable last weekend when I last looked @ plants, I missed it. That's very likely because I'd just gotten home from being away for 6 days and had only an hour to get plants watered & get to Mom's for dinner. So I didn't really do much looking, I was just running from plant to plant with watering can.

I'm so excited about my first ever Dracaena bloom on a plant that I own! I was strongly hoping to see a bloom on any one of them after putting a banana in the pot of each about a month ago.


๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Oct 1, 2017 7:10 AM CST
Banana ?
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 1, 2017 7:29 AM CST
Yes, bananas seem to be magic! Decades ago, my gramma told me bananas make the roses bloom. A lot of old wives' tales are more fun than reward, and I an not much of a follower of them at all, but this one has a real effect that I've observed, too many times to be merely coincidental. I've tried it on a lot of different plants and it always works for the ones I've tried, on plants that "should" be blooming but aren't. By "should" I mean that a plant has the maturity, without which no no plant can yet bloom, and is in the right season, with no other conditions outside of the plants' range of comfort.

Every time I lay a banana, or even just a peel at the base of a Gardenia shrub, it causes some blooms to form. Another example is when I saw people starting to post pics of blooming Brugmansias about 6 weeks ago. That's what specifically prompted me to go to the store & buy a big pack of clearance, past-prime bananas. I got enough for the Brugs and for most of my potted plants because they will be coming inside soon and I would not do the banana thing on indoor plants. For plants inside for a long enough period of time to need some help, one can pureรฉ banana &/or peel and dilute in the water given to thirsty plants to avoid risk of hosting fruit flies.

I won't pretend to be able to explain any actual science, consult a scientist for that, but since it works so well, I keep doing it. I could be wrong, but I sincerely believe we would not be looking at that inflorescence if I had not put the banana in the pot.
๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Oct 1, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Very interesting.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Oct 1, 2017 8:58 AM CST
I'm impressed. Don't think I have ever seen a Dracaena bloom before. Make sure you hit them with your small paint brush. If you do wind up with nay seeds, I'd love to have a couple. Gene
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Oct 1, 2017 9:16 AM CST
I have had many Dracaena varieties bloom in various location over the years. They include Masangeana, Reflexa, Janet Craig, and Lisa. In general, it seems to occur on mature plants that have been in the same spot for several years or more and in the same light location. Often, after they have bloomed once, they will bloom again once or twice per year thereafter.

Dracaena fragrans massangeana blooms seem to have a very pungent odor that some folks love and others find cloyingly sweet. I even had one attorney insist that his Corn Plant be banished from his office! The flowers tend to be very sticky and messy after the petals have dried. I cut off the entire flower stem at the first sign of petals dying to minimize the mess.

It is my understanding that ethylene gas is what will promote flower formation. Apples are usually recommended to get Bromeliads to re-bloom. I suspect most any mature or rotting fruit might work.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Oct 1, 2017 10:05 AM CST
Great info. I'm sure you are correct that only mature ones bloom. The average person with a Dracaena has it die before it gets very old, therefore, no blooms. Apples and ethylene gas I have read about many times. Rotting fruit reminds me of an old incident. In one of my large plant pots there suddenly was a retched odor and a mass of fungus. Repotted it of course. Took a bit of detective work to figure out what happened. We had a party about a week earlier and one of the kids did not want to finish what was on his plate so be buried it. Gene
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 2, 2017 8:43 AM CST
Gene, LOL! That kid's trying to compost maybe, just not quite the right location for it.

I love the odor of D. fragrans when I have had the pleasure of encountering a blooming plant! I have no idea if this cultivar will produce a fragrant bloom or not. Several people have reported that their JCC blooms were unscented. Could just be luck-of-the-draw per individual. When they make rose cultivars, scent is often the first thing to go. So sad!

When one purchases a cutting-grown plant, they can only know how long they have had it, but not the ontological age (more of a gauge of state of maturity than time or size) of the donor plant. I don't think the Dracaena plants we buy were grown from seeds, so their ontological age might be that they are already reproductively mature. I have taken cuttings from many different kinds of reproductively mature plants that bloom the same year right along with the donor plant, vs. a seedling that might not be ready until the next year, or even longer.

I have had this plant just under 10 years, but beheaded it about 4-5 years ago to make more. Repotted usually annually, like all of my woody entities, and moved several times per year, inside to outside and back, and moved a lot upon going out in the spring while waiting for the trees to leaf out and the shadows to return, and acclimating plants to being outside again. This particular plant was moved again to a more secure location right before what was left of hurricane Irma blew through.

Here's an article about bananas & ethylene:
https://brokensecrets.com/2010...

It doesn't mention heat, but that's a factor. During summer, bananas only last a couple days here. Our kitchen does not have A/C.

๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 11, 2017 4:15 PM CST
Update on the inflorescence.
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๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 15, 2017 6:12 AM CST
Update on the inflo. And the other pot with the "other half" of 'Rikki.'
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๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Oct 15, 2017 10:36 AM CST
That is quite a variety of Dracaenas you have potted together, Tiffany. I see Rikki, Massangeana, Marginata, Marginata tricolor, Sanderaiana, Lemon-lime, and Ti. Impressive display!
Will Creed
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 15, 2017 11:48 AM CST
TYVM, and good eye! These poor plants have had to put up with getting way too dry & being invaded by ants this summer. The ants make dry cavities in the soil, frustrating.
๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.

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