Ask a Question forum: Will a dracaena plant grow new leaves where old ones have been removed?

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Fabe
Mar 5, 2018 7:41 AM CST
Some leaves turn brown, dry up and I remove them. Now I have leaves at the top. Some new ones sprout there, but the lower stem is bare.
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sallyg
Mar 5, 2018 8:18 AM CST
Generally, that is all you will get. If you want, you can cut the stem anywhere, cutoff extra bare stem, get new leaves on the cut stub, (nubs on the side of the stem), and put the top in water to get new roots.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Mar 5, 2018 1:04 PM CST
Just to elaborate on what Sally has written, each Dracaena stem has only one growing point and that is at the very end of the stem. The only way to get new growth lower down on a stem is by shortening that stem by pruning it to the location where you would like to see new growth. But, of course, that means removing all the foliage above where you made the pruning cut.
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