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Earhtmother
May 21, 2018 2:29 PM CST
Daughter inherited what she was told is a Dragon Palm. It is all stem(s) with only a crown of leaves. How does she get it back into shape.

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WillC
May 21, 2018 4:49 PM CST
We can help you better with what apparently is a Dracaena marginata if you post a photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot.
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purpleinopp
May 22, 2018 12:56 PM CST
That's the normal appearance of Dracaena marginata after a few years of growth:
Dragon Tree (Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia)
Dragon Tree (Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia 'Tricolor')

If all of the stems are coming from one trunk at the base, I would trim them one at a time, so the recovery does not require the plant to do it without any foliage. If each stem is separate as it emerges from the soil, trimming all at the same time would be fine since they are separate individuals.

Either way, one or more new stems will grow near the point where each stem is cut. The removed pieces can be stuck back in the pot, all the way to the bottom if they are long enough, to make the pot more full, or in separate pots to start new pots if desired.
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Earhtmother
May 22, 2018 3:00 PM CST
So if I go by the Dragon Palm picture that's not what she has (I don't think) Stopped by her place this morning and heres the plant in all it's *leggy* glory

????It won't let me add an image only take a picture??????
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purpleinopp
May 22, 2018 3:59 PM CST
I'm sorry you're having trouble adding a pic. What kind of computer browser or other device are you using?

If the plant in question really is a palm, their habit is also to just have a poof of foliage at the top, but trimming is not an option.
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May 23, 2018 2:53 PM CST
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plantladylin
May 23, 2018 3:41 PM CST
If not Dracaena marginata, I wonder if it might be Spineless Yucca (Yucca gigantea) I've never heard them called "Dragon Palm" but they do have that kind of appearance! Green Grin!

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purpleinopp
May 24, 2018 4:54 AM CST
Hopefully someone with that kind of phone will provide some guidance. I've never tried to use the internet on a phone. The screen on my computer is about as small of a screen as I want to try to work with.
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May 24, 2018 8:08 AM CST

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Earhtmother said:I do pretty much everything on my Android phone


Click the "upload an image" button below the posting box, then the upload/add image button that pops up, sometimes I have to click it twice, it then gives you options to select location, like Camera roll.
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