The practice of taking stem cuttings is useful for rejuvenating overgrown houseplants 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.
Follow these easy steps to take stem cuttings from your own dracaenas.
Dracaenas are striking architectural plants, native to western and tropical Africa.
You Will Need
Jar of water
Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
Chop up the stem into sections 20-30cm long. Note which end is the base and which is the top.
Cutting the dracaena stem into sections
Place the base of each section in a jar of water and stand it in a warm position. Top up the water regularly.
Placing the dracaena stem into water
Check for white nodules around the base of the stem, which will develop into long roots.
Dracaena stem roots
Look for swellings emerging and pushing through the bark.
Swellings emerging from the bark
Leave the stems to develop shoots and form bushy new plants.
New leaf growth on dracaena
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.
Potted up dracaena cuttings
You can take stem cuttings from other houseplants, including rubber plants, tradescantia, pothos and yucca.