I'm not really an accomplished house plant keeper. However, my Dracaena
Marginata has ended up growing quite tall and thin and it's bending under
the weight of the leaves so I'd like to cut it down. What I've read already
suggests to just cut the stem and it will take a while to start growing
leaves again. However, is there any way to make it start growing leaves in
two or even three places? It's only growing them from one place at the
Thanks in advance.
You need to behead it in the spring when it is growing well. In most cases
this will cause a number of buds to sprout below the cut. This is how the
multi-branched specimens are produced. When the new heads have leaves on
them feed it a little then later in summer if they are a good size feed it a
It will also keep its leaves better and look bushier if it is in strong
light, even a little sun. If the light is too dim it will tend to stick to
being thin and spindly no matter how many times you cut it as it is spending
all its effort trying to grow tall to reach better light.
You can also strike the head that you cut off as a bonus.
So my understanding that it just regrows from the part it growed from before
is wrong. Does this just happen, is there a known way of encouraging it to
happen or does it just happen?
The plants past location would explain that problem then with it all bent
one direction, although now it is in the brightest place possible.
Sorry, not too sure what you mean by the word "strike" here?! All I can
think you mean is stick the end in some rooter powder and plonk it in a pot
of some good planting soil.
I guess I'm probably best doing it now as in the UK the warmer weather has
just started to come and I think it's growing more than it has, I think it's
officially spring :-) Shows what I know, lol.
Thanks for your help.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.