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Yes, you can root in soil. You can root it in water too, but some people say that water roots don't do well once you transfer them to soil. Water roots are thinner than ones that grow in soil, so you may loose it once you potted it up. I just did this to mine, a few weeks ago, and so far my cuttings are still alive. I've been keeping the soil moist, but letting it dry out a little before I water it again, and I've been keeping the leaves misted. Good luck!
I find the dracaena marginata very easy to root. And, where you make the cut, you will eventually see new sprouts coming out where it will make new branches. Check out this picture: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/32643/ ... see where the nubs are? That's where it was cut and has branched out.
Ok, I did the deed last Thursday. I cut the stems about halfway down and stuck the top part back in the pot.
When I came to work this morning, both cut off plants (2 diff pots) were a little droopy and they lost a lot of the bottom leaves. Is this normal? I heard that this plant is really sensitive to changes so I'm hoping it's just a case of transplant shock and that it will rebound quickly.
The Mom plant might have gone a little "shocky" from the surgery but should bounce back quickly. These things grown in the ground here in Florida grow tall and skinny with just leaves at the top. Here's a photo of one I have needed to transplant for years ... it has been sitting out behind my shed for about 8 years and survived temps in the high 30's and low 40's a few times. I am getting ready to plant it in the ground in the backyard.
I was just at the P.O. this morning and wish I had taken a picture of the one planted outside in front by the parking lot. It's just like the one in my picture.
It looks a lot nicer outdoors when it's that skinny but it's kind of pathetic-looking indoors. Maybe I just need to group it with a bunch of other shorter plants indoors so the stems don't look so lonely.
If I were to put the top part I cutoff in a pot all by its own, what size pot should I start with. I'm just asking because the pot I stuck it back in is already pretty crowded.
I would pot according to the size of the stem ... you don't want a really large pot or I think it would be struggling to try and fill the pot with roots. You can always pot up a size later as the cutting grows. With the tall skinny plant you could always plant something shorter in the bottom of the same pot to fill in if you don't like the looks of the skinny branches. Or as you said, group different size plants together with the taller skinnier ones in the back. I love grouping plants like that with tall ones in back then medium sized ones and the shorter ones in front. I have also been known to sit a smaller potted plant on top of the soil of a pot that has a taller plant in it.
I recently saw 5 trunks braided together. Looked great, more organization and some thickness to the trunks as a whole. I'm starting to try 2 methods, actually braiding existing trunks and training trunks to grow that way. Any good advise out there?
Thanks! I get what you mean about bunching the trunks together. I couldn't imagine braiding them when they're so stiff!
I'm regretting cutting one of them right now because, like I said, pretty much all the bottom leaves fell out and what's left makes it look like what I had to start with, only not as nice. :-(
Guess I'll have to be a bit more patient and wait to see how the new sprouts will look.
Can anyone suggest any other plants I can pair them with in the same pot? I'm not too keen on the philodendrom/pothos/ivy or other trailers. I'm thinking of something a similarly stem-my but in a softer way, almost like grass, just to keep the aesthetics to follow that pattern and hide the skinny trunk a bit.