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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Oct 13, 2017 11:50 AM CST
Id like to propagate my dracaena plants. Can I just cut them in half and root the cuttings with Rootone?
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Oct 13, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Yes, but shorter tip cuttings root more readily than longer cuttings. Yours look good and healthy and well cared for so I don't think you will have any trouble propagating them. Rootone does no harm, but it is over-rated as a necessity.
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Name: Celia
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Oct 14, 2017 7:14 AM CST
I agree with Will. Take a couple shorter cuttings and give it a shot. It worked for me years ago and I had no clue what I was doing.
Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Oct 16, 2017 9:01 AM CST
Thank you! @WillC - by "tip" cuttings do you mean the very tip of the plant? Do i leave all the leaves attached or do I strip some of them off to expose a part of the stem?

@zencat - thanks for the giggle! "I had no idea what I was doing" is something I often say when I am gardening or working with my houseplants. I say it with a smile knowing that I will succeed even if nothing grows because I tried.
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WillC
Oct 17, 2017 10:46 AM CST
Celia - A tip cutting would have 4-8 leaves with about 2-3 inches of bare stem below the leaves. I hope that helps.
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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Oct 17, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Yes! Thank You! @WillC Terri
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WillC
Oct 17, 2017 4:32 PM CST
Terri - I apologize for mixing up your name. Sighing!
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Oct 18, 2017 4:49 AM CST
WillC said:Terri - I apologize for mixing up your name. Sighing!


My dreacena have a single shoot with spreading leaves. Are we talkig about the same plant? I can't see any place to cut but the top. Won't that harm the parent plant?
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WillC
Oct 18, 2017 2:38 PM CST
Yardenman - There are many different types of Dracaena. Perhaps you have a different species. For Terri's, it is tall enough that short stem cuttings could be taken. New growth will emerge from each stem just below the pruning cut and grow upward from there. It won't harm the plant, although it may affect its overall symmetry.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 22, 2017 6:53 AM CST
Yes, you could propagate your plant, but I wonder why you want to cut it while it is still so small and still has a solid column of foliage down to the soil level? As they age, and the trunks lignify, the older leaves will be discarded, and eventually become too tall for the top(s) to get a decent amount of light near the average window. It is at that point when I prune mine. Not that you should do what I do, just providing an alternative scenario to consider.

Plenty of reports that small cuttings work, but I've never wanted to interrupt the appearance of a stem to experiment. I did use sharp scissors to gouge the growth tips from a couple to see what would happen and both bifurcated. If increase is your goal, that might be something to consider, since it affected the appearance very little. In a couple years, you would have top tops of each to prune, instead of one.
The thread "A big cutting." in Houseplants forum

In any case, unless one lives in a house with a 3-story atrium, eventually all Dracaenas in the captivity of a pot develop an interesting, pollarded appearance.
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lauriebasler
Oct 22, 2017 8:17 AM CST
If you chop off the parent plants for a 6 inch stem to root up, it looks like your parent plant will be a stub barely above the soil line, which will give you two stalks coming up right out of the dirt. And I have to say, it's an interesting idea, that could look really cool. You could be starting the next hot thing in plants, like braiding cylindrical sansevieria has become.

For me, and I think Tiff too; your plants are really special looking. I would be excited to watch them mature, If I had bought them. They may be just average later on, but they are unusual right now.

Good Luck.
It will be interesting and fun to watch what you have in mind.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Nov 17, 2017 4:36 PM CST
Here are some gouged tips to consider:
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