I'd like to find out how to take better care of this odd-growing plant
in my office, but I can't find it in any of my books. Thanks in advance
for your help!
Start with a search on the critter. Here's yours at:
They tolerate up to 66% shade. You don't need to do much to them at all.
They like to be touched gently too. They faithfully clean the air, do not
require lots of water but do like warmer temperatures up to 75 degrees as a
standard fare. Osmocote works well with them. You can cut back the stems
to encourage new growth. They can grow to 10 ft. In some cultures, this is
considered a good luck plant for finances...
This is a Dracena Marginata, good for low light, keep on dryish side and if
they get too tall, just cut them off where you want to and new leaf buds
will form, then you can put the top part in a plant pot ( of course with
potting soil) and it will grow also! I have so many around my house outside
(Florida) cause everytime I trim them, I put the top into the ground and it
Yes indeed, its a very badly grown Dracaena marginata.
There are a number of pachycaul shrubs that better qualify as "Dr. Seuss"
plants because they are supposed to grow that way. The genera Pachypodium
and Adansonia in particular come to mind.
Look again, Buckwheat.
Dracaena marginata never looks like a "regykar ol' houseplant" with its
narrow red margined leaves and reptilian prominent leaf scars on the stems.
Maybe you have never seen a well grown large specimen.
Thanksfor all the responses!
I don't know how the plant got to be that shape, but it's never been
exactly lavished with care. I can't imagine anyone did it on purpose.
I'm now repotting a smaller plant that was grown from cuttings. Great
news about it being a "Money Tree" - I could really use one of those!
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