It seemed like I overwatered but according to my moisture stick it actually needed to be watered. Both tops have new growth so the black is throwing me off! This means you need to cut off as much as possible and then see if you can still propagate it.
What kind of moisture stick do you mean? Dracaenas like for their soil to dry out quite a bit. Hope you can still propagate yours! Great advice in your article. Last night in dim light, I noticed the stem looked brown rather than green, but was still upright with its two shoots. It had also run out of water! Double whoops! I have some rooting hormone powder and wondering if I can save the two side shoots. Do you think I stand a chance, or possibly setting myself up to fail?
Is there any added advice? Sorry to hear about your lucky bamboo! I was so excited to see new side shoots poking out of the tops of all the cane segments. But only 1 of 4 segments are showing new roots. I was hoping to see new roots on all the cuttings by now. Am I just being impatient? Or do you think most of these cuttings will not sprout roots at at?
Cane sections in particular are a bit slower to get going, and not everyone will start producing roots at the same rate. Some might take up to two months before suddenly springing back to life. I have a lemon lime dracaena that has grown very leggy. Can I cut the top part and leave part of the foliage in the current stems? What would you advice. The top part is in itself too large to propagate as one plant.
It all depends on your own preferences since Dracaenas can handle pretty much anything. I kept the soil moist. Am I keeping the soil too moist? Does it need less water? Does it need more light? Do I need to remove it from soil and try rooting it in water? Also, I have another Draceana plant that the stems has wrinkled. I want to save it. Can propagate it still? If so, which is the best medium to propagate the wrinkling stem, soil or water?
Thank you. As long as the cutting is by a window and the soil is lightly moist but nowhere near wet I think you should probably be alright. So for the other plant, as long as the stems are not rotten they should propagate still. I have peeled off the lower leaves to make the stalks bare on their lower regions.
I put them directly into damp dirt to begin with, but they appeared after two weeks to be dying — much of the remaining greenery yellowed or fell off completely, though they still do have green leaves on the upper parts of each section. My questions are: What do you mean by a node, on a dracaena? I am familiar with nodes on say a pothos, but for these ones, if they have never been cut they just have grown straight up, where is there a node, per se?
Am I doomed if there are none? Also, how often do I have to change the water when trying to root them this way? Every day? Any feedback or clarity you can give would be greatly appreciated. You can tell so in the second picture in the article. Are the cuttings in a light and warm location without direct sunlight? I hope your cutting is doing well.
You just have to keep the soil ever so lightly moist not wet! My cuttings are in water since 15 days. No roots are growing. There is some slimy material with degeneration of stem in the water. Is there anything else to do?
Did you take the cuttings according to the instructions in the article? If so, things should generally almost always work out, although your mention of stem degeneration sounds a bit worrisome. Was the mother plant healthy with no signs of rot? Hi, I have a limelight dracaena that I cut the tops off and planted in dirt sometime in Oct Some of the lower leaves have turned crunchy brown so I took them off. Because I just planted these in soil I just watered them once since. I did give them a light tug to see if any roots had taken hold and it seems some have.
So why are the leaves turning brown and should I be watering it more? Yeah, you should be watering more, especially if you suspect the cutting has rooted. That way you can just water the plant in the sink, let it drain there, and then put it back in the overpot.
Alternatively, you can use saucers under a pot with a hole. Hi my daughter had a corn plant dracaena and it has no leafs the spruts it had were all broke off now to the trunk.. What can I do to see if it will Re grow.. Or is it a lost cause? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
Learn how your comment data is processed. The final height of your plant depends on how tall your ceiling is! Dragon Tree flowers are very rare and almost never seen on indoor plants. This is a houseplant grown for its foliage and architectural looks only. The sap found within the leaves and stems does have small levels of a toxic substance that, while unlikely to be fatal, can cause irritation in people and pets when ingested. If you've followed all the Dragon Tree propagation methods to increase your chances of getting at least one viable new plant, you could get lucky and end up with too many!
Rather than throw them away, source a nice pot and give them away to friends and family. Having the opposite problem and finding it difficult to actually find somewhere selling Dragon Trees? You could always try Amazon or have a read of our where to buy houseplants article for more inspiration. Temperature Average indoor room temperatures. Almost certainly too little light. A Dragon Tree won't give any thanks if you provide it with low light conditions over a long period of time. If happening slowly over a number of weeks then this isn't a sign your Dragon Tree is dying , in fact it's showing you're treating it well!
All Dracaenas are False Palms with a crown of leaves sitting at the top of their stems, new growth forms at the very tips of these stems, and the older leaves at the bottom of the crown will gradually yellow and fall. This happens quite often and can be a bit shocking if it's the first time your plant has done it.
But providing new leaves are forming too it's perfectly normal. As with the problem above, yellowing and falling leaves aren't usually an issue. However if you're very concerned have a feel of the stems. If they're firm then it's very likely you've nothing to worry about. If the stems are very soft or squishy then read on to the next problem. This has been caused either by giving far too much water over a prolonged period or from being exposed to very cold temperatures.
If this happens then your Dragon Tree is probably already dead and can't be saved in its present form. If any parts of the stem feel firm, or the leaf crown is intact you could try and propagate a replacement plant. Usually a sign of underwatering.
Try to keep the soil moist much of the time. If you would call the marks more like "blotches" than spots, it's caused by overwatering. Mealybugs need to be treated with something like a cotton wool bud soaked in methylated spirit. Gently rub over the insects with the soaked cotton wool bud to remove them. Red Spider Mite can be treated with an insecticide or if you'd prefer not to use chemicals, you can consider increasing the humidity for a few weeks or so, i.
I own several of these beauties, that all have unique stories. But what follows is probably my favorite. My parents had a Dragon Tree "tarzan" for as long as I could remember. Potentially they had it even before I was born.
Either way for years and years it had been steadily growing taller and wider in a conservatory. One late spring day during a mammoth cleaning of the conservatory, it was moved outside and as it seemed happy, it was left there. Things were reorganised around its previous home and suddenly there was no way it was coming back into the house as its previous space was well and truly gone.
Instead, it was left outside for the whole summer along with the gradually declining temperatures as late Autumn approached. Pro Tip - If you read our article you'll know these plants do not cope with cold temperatures and if it approaches anything remotely sub-zero serious damage sets in. With a cold night brewing one October, I decided to rescue it from certain collapse and take it to work. We had a staff area with floor to ceiling windows, that was perfect. And it settled in so well a young version of the plant just after its rescue is pictured in the article with the beach background.
Occasional knocks or damaged leaves were no problem as they always came back. I grew very fond of this plant because of it's tenacious and resilient attitude. Almost 10 years later and I was made redundant, our entire office was due to close down so it was impossible to leave it in co-worker's care. As it was, there were so many houseplants around anyway all my doing I had to rehome so many as my home was already full and couldn't accept another 20 or 30 plants all at once.
This Dragon Tree was one of the largest and no one wanted it due to its size. It was a very stressful time in more ways than one. At some point during the 10 years, it was happily living the office life, my parents had divorced and my mum had moved into a new place. When I told her what was happening she was happy to have it back. Very pleased I'd found this plant a new home, I reunited it with its previous owner, all the while feeling confident it would be well looked after.
I couldn't have been more wrong. A few weeks after it had settled in, as my mum tells it, an insect infestation explosion happened and the plant was swarmed by Fungus Gnats. As I had repotted it for her as part of its move, I wasn't too surprised as their eggs often lie dormant in bagged compost. I gave her some basic care tips for getting rid of them and thought no more of it. She rang several weeks later one February evening telling me the plant looked dead. Fungus Gnats can be annoying but they never kill healthy plants, so I was a bit confused and thought she was exaggerating.
I went around a week later to take a look and when I found out what she had done I was gobsmacked. Firstly she was not exaggerating in the slightest. It did well an truly look dead. With my experiences and history with this houseplant, I was quite upset at losing it.
A few probing questions later and I discovered she had only gone and put it outside in the cold late winter temperatures! I struggle to accept things like this, as to me it just doesn't seem right. Saved from the cold which at the time felt like an epic rescue, 10 years of care for it just to be killed off by the very thing I had saved it from previously? I may as well not have bothered was how I was feeling at this point.
I've told so many visitors previously never to give up hope on their plants, but even this was a hard sell I thought as the mushy leaves came away in my hand. With a heavy heart, I removed the upper branches and all leaves, leaving just three fairly solid stems, leaving this with her, along with strict care instructions, she promised to follow. I also took cane cuttings to try and propagate more plants.
All the cuttings rotted or didn't "take". At this point, I accepted things were over and moved on with life. A month later my mum texted me a picture, saying "Look!!! On the main plant stems new sprouts had appeared. Life will always find a way. It's still in my mum's care for now I'm checking in regularly! After coming so far together it feels like fate or destiny. And if I'm honest, I'm kinda looking forward to getting reacquainted again.
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You may use a rooting hormone before putting the cut stem for rooting. The hormone powder or gel will seal the chopped plant tissue and promote fresh root growth. Consider buying these extra tools only if you are planning to propagate more dragon trees or other plants going forward.
To propagate your dragon tree, you would need to cut the plant in a way that the portion you cut out is its proper miniature. There are different ways to cut a plant for propagation, which include offsets, plantlets, leaf cuttings, cane and stem cuttings, seed sowing, division, and layering. Since a dragon tree has woody shrubs and is more ornamental in the way it looks, stem cutting is the technique to adopt.
Each stem section of a dragon tree is capable of making its own roots under the right conditions. If you cannot immediately plant the cut stem or were planning to do it later in the day, put those cuttings in a jar wrapped in some wet paper towels so that they stay moist until you get back and plant them. The stem s you cut off should be softwood. You can ascertain the same by bending the branch or stem.
Most importantly, use the right pruning tools for the job. The tools should also be clean so that they do not transmit diseases to the healthy plants from the infected ones that they were in contact with. Sterilize your tools by dipping them in a mix of nine parts of water and one-part bleach. You may also sterilize your cutters or sharp knife with some rubbing alcohol, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide.
Once your cuttings start to make roots — which could take up to 10 days or longer — you may replant them in a pot or separate container with moist potting soil. However, before you take the cuttings out of the pot, make sure new roots have grown.
To confirm, pull on the plants lightly, if you took the soil rooting approach. You know the cutting has started to make roots when you feel resistance. Until the fresh plants can fully establish, keep a constant watch on the amount of light and moisture they receive. Remove diseased plants or dropped leaves from the region so that no fungus spreads to the healthy plants. Kindly note, desired results are not guaranteed — even if you followed the instructions to the T. As mentioned earlier, rooting hormones increase your chances of growing new plants from cuttings.
The rooting additive would most likely keep sickly and yellow leaves out of the equation. Generally, softwoods can do well without rooting hormones. However, if the stem being cut is hard or has already turned brown, some growth hormone would come in extremely handy. Rooting hormones are available in the powder, liquid, and gel form. Not to mention, your dragon plant tree cuttings would work with either of the three.
You just need to know how to apply them properly. If using powdered rooting hormone, dunk the end of the cutting into a plate shallowly filled with the powder. When done, the root of your cutting must have a thin hormone film covering it. Do not shake the powdered stem before you dip it into a water-filled jar or stick it into a pot of soil.
If pushing it into the soil, loose hormones if any would rub off and blend with the soil eventually. If using liquid hormone, immerse the end of the cutting into a bowl or cup containing the hormone. The cutting should stay in for not more than a couple of seconds. Liquid rooting hormone is the strongest of the three, but getting the dosage right could be tricky.
A gel-based rooting hormone is arguably the easiest to use since the dosage can be easily measured, and the gel sticks to the cutting better than powdered rooting hormones do. What is a rooting medium? Unlike dirt or soil, a rooting medium is a lighter substance that is a lot gentler on your plant cuttings. PVP Industries Vermiculite is a solid option without any asbestos concerns.
Mother Earth HGC is a great perlite mixture for both outdoor and indoor gardens. If you want sphagnum moss, the Terrarium Sphagnum Moss by Galapagos is worth taking a look at. You can root a dragon tree using moist soil or clean water. Before you side with either of the two, you should know a thing or two about both the methods.
There are a few other benefits to it as well, which include:. There are some plants that can be rooted and could also completely grow in water. To keep it moist, you can spray it with water between two to three times per week or rub a wet cloth along its delicate leaves every so often to get rid of any nasty duster that lingers. If the tips of the leaves dry up, it is a clear indicator that the plant needs more water.
Dragon tree plants do not need a lot of water. It is recommended that you water this plant when you notice that the soil is dry or the leaves are falling off. If there are little puddles of water in the plant pot or if the leaves have turned a sickening shade of yellow, then the plant is drowning in all the water you've given it. These plants are used to lots of humidity, but they do not need much water.
As with most tropical plants, the dragon tree should be planted in a pot that has excellent drainage to ensure the plant's special needs are met. As for fertilisation, we recommend adding peat on the surface and then fertilise the plant every 20 to 30 days, approximately, especially during the summer months.
To do this, you can use a liquid fertilizer diluted in water. The breeding season for the plant is the rainy season, i. To perform this task, you can plant cuttings or use the roots to create new potential life, always after pruning. To prune your dragon plant , first cut the top, as this cut will give forth two lateral buds. Place in water one of the shoots. When you observe that it has sprouted roots, you can plant it in a new pot.
Finally, it is recommended that you transplant the dragon tree plant every two years , approximately. Remember it is a large plant, the fact that it's in a larger pot might comfort you and your plant. Pot changes will be positive whenever you help find the best habitat to for your plant to grow and become lustrous, healthy and strong. And if you have other plants at home that you want to devote attention to, we invite you to read our articles on:.
To perform this task, you has sprouted roots, you can plant before you took the. At least 20 cm. Lower on the cutting, the nodes will develop little nubs, as this cut will give. As with most tropical plants, off the bottom of a candle, heat it until it every 20 to 30 days, wipe it on to the. Fingers crossed they all make. The plant will be entering than powdered because it also recover much quicker. PARAGRAPHIf there are little puddles of water in the plant the damage from you or I severing the stemand then new growth pops up nearby water you've given it. I suspect this is part best chance of growing roots, apply a rooting hormone designed. Otherwise, the cutting needs to use internal energy to grow in a larger pot might. Place in water one of.To propagate a Dracaena marginata (dragon tree): cut a length of stem 20 cm (8 inches) or longer, keep track of which end goes down. Place the cutting in moist soil or water. The best time to take a cutting is when the plant is growing vigorously, likely in the spring or early summer. legal.sportnutritionclub.com › dragon-tree-propagation. Make a cut below the leaf line of the plant, making sure to include several nodes of the plant's stem. Cuttings can be planted in a container.