Houseplants forum: What is this plant??

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Simcoe, ON
Hillaryh
Feb 25, 2018 8:11 AM CST
New here. Trying to identify this plant I got in a floral arrangement that I re-potted.
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Any ideas? Thanks!! 😊
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plantladylin
Feb 25, 2018 9:08 AM CST
Hi HillaryH, Welcome!

Your lovely plant is a Dracaena, for comparison: Striped Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans 'Warneckii')
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purpleinopp
Feb 25, 2018 9:22 AM CST
With the shorter leaves, I wonder if it's one of the forms of D. reflexa

Song of India (Dracaena reflexa var. reflexa)
Song of India (Dracaena reflexa 'Variegata')
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Simcoe, ON
Hillaryh
Feb 25, 2018 9:27 AM CST
Thank you!

When it first started growing it didn't really get far. It seemed rather stunted. I moved it to a larger pot and suddenly it shot up in height. As a result the base of the plant is very skinny and I'm afraid it will break.

Any suggestions for how to handle this? I was thinking re-potting again and burying it deeper in the pot but I am afraid of breaking it.
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WillC
Feb 25, 2018 10:24 AM CST
Definitely a D. warneckei. Yours is in great condition and well cared for. Its window location in the photo is great. Allow the top half -inch of soil to dry before watering. Fertilize very sparingly if at all. This plant is subject to brown spots on leaf edges and tips if your tap water is on the hard side or if you fertilize too much or if you allow the soil to dry out too much.
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purpleinopp
Feb 25, 2018 10:34 AM CST
A thin, flexible stem is normal for your little tree. Eventually it will lignify. If it gets taller than you prefer, it can be trimmed. Burying it more deeply could cause the stem to rot, changing the soil level for any woody entity is usually not recommended. It clearly loves the care you have been giving. ;)
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Simcoe, ON
Hillaryh
Jun 3, 2018 3:32 PM CST
Thanks everyone! The stem has definitely beefed up sigbifanctly in the last few months.

I ahve another question, is there anyway to propogate? If I snip off the too of the plant could I root that bit? Will it stunt my plant's height growth?

Thanks!
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purpleinopp
Jun 4, 2018 7:53 AM CST
Yes, Dracaenas propagate easily. Just stick them in a pot.

Beheading creates a joint on the trunk where one or more new stems/trunks will sprout. These pics are not the exact same leaf as yours, but your plant would respond identically:




Assuming you'll have your plant for many years, it will be necessary to trim it at some point unless you have really high ceilings or a 2-story room or section of your house with great light. I usually wait until the removed piece with have at least 8 inches of naked stem so I don't have to waste any of the gorgeous leaves. A cutting that is tall enough to submerge at least 6" of stem without the leaves touching the soil is what I aim for if I'm in a hurry. Otherwise, I wait until one of the tops is too tall to get enough light.
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