I have rescued a plant from an elderly couple where I work. It was dying, stunted and root bound coming out at the bottom of the container roots coming right threw it. It is a Dracaena and a Ficus, and another form of dracaena with long pointed sharp leaves and more branches shooting out now, all living together in one container. It is hard to believe the size was so small they were in, the ones living in each others way though, is the Draceana, which is to be around 10 ft. tall, and Ficus, and that draceana, is directly under the ficus and is about 1 foot and a half tall getting wide too. I got a large round container and gave them some good potting soil. They are doing so well. I have had them now for about 2 months and they have lived together like this for 4 years there roots are intertwinded you can't tell whose are whose in a circle.
When I took it into a nursery, he said to separate them is too much shock and it was hard to know how. He said I could cut down the Dracaena so it never bothers the ficus, but I hate to see it never get to grow, or he said, I could cut it down below the soil and might end it growing all together or cut it in half and transplant it, but still the roots will be left in the container with the others. I know they all can't live together like this any longer and should have been separated long ago before I got them. When I realized the Dracaena was to grow to be even 10 ft. or so and the Ficus is somewhat of a tree like plant, this is very sad. Since it is trying to grow threw the Ficus right now, there is no room for what is going on.
They look healthy and green but they are in a dilemma and so am I. They are flourishing since the new container, but for how long and being root tangled? Each one needs to be considered. Does anybody know how I can divide them? I don't want to shock or hurt them by anything radical I have to do, but maybe if I have to cut them away from each other and ruin each of them doing so, what then? If any one could tell me what are my chances for them to survive in another container separately after that and what method to use in doing so, what soil, etc.
Now I am thinking, I wonder if they will miss each other. Gosh since my dog went on to heaven, I am talking to them all the time. Believe it or not the ficus move slightly when I am near and say something. When they first got here. I think I scared them when I went up to them. They had been neglected and alone so much in a far corner. I literally saw them sort of shake. I walk over to them softly now, ha ha. Thanks so much.