How to take stem cuttings from dracaena

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Jun, Jul, Aug, Mar, Apr, May, Dec, Jan, Feb, Sep, Oct, Nov

Takes just:

one hour

The practice of taking stem-section cuttings is useful for rejuvenating overgrown house plants such as dracaena.

Dracaenas are striking architectural plants, native to western and tropical Africa. Plants produce bold rosettes of strap-like leaves at the tip of each shoot, as older leaves gradually fade and fall to leave bare stems at the base. Dracaenas rarely branch out, so cuttings of various heights are usually planted together for a bushier effect.

Each section of stem has the ability to develop roots from its base, while new shoots will emerge through the tip and sides.

You will need

  • Dracaena house plant
  • Secateurs
  • Jar of water
  • Plant pots
  • Multi-purpose compost

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Chop up the stem into sections 20-30cm long. Note which end is the base and which is the top.

Place the base of each section in a jar of water and stand it in a warm position. Top up the water regularly.

Check for white nodules around the base of the stem, which will develop into long roots.

Look for swellings emerging and pushing through the bark.

Leave the stems to develop shoots and form bushy new plants.

Once the stem sections are well rooted, pot each one up in a small container. Water and feed regularly. When the plants are root-bound, pot up several plants of different heights into a large container.

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You can take stem-section cuttings from other house plants, including cordyline, rubber plant and yucca.

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