Dracaena Plants

Dracaena Reflexa Overgrown Please Help :)

Zone 92656 | christie added on August 19, 2013 | Answered

I have had this enormous Dracaena reflexa for about 20 years and it's very dear to me! It has completely outgrown its pot. Three of its stalks are about 7-8 feet tall that I don't know how to handle. Are they able to be trimmed or do I need to re-pot and take the roots apart? I am afraid if I re-pot it won't live. I have the opposite of a green thumb! Thank you so much for your assistance in advance!

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Answered on August 20, 2013

"I feel your pain." This is a common occurrence with the plant. One of the kindest things you can do for yourself and the plant is to give it a good pruning. When I prune, I cut the stems to different lengths, like 1'', 2" and 3". This way, as they branch back out, it's not al at the same height. I usually trim lower than you might think, because, the stem could get top heavy, and start bending. If you have some good, commercial potting soil that your local greenhouse uses, take off 2" of the bottom leaves and stick 7-8 pieces into a 6" pot. Keep the soil slightly moist, and some of the cuttings will root.

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