Question: dracaena marginata
my dracaena marginata, now several years old, has stretched reaching about 2m. At the end it has a nice green tuft but underneath it is all bare, I see others instead that have different tufts at various heights, is there any remedy to grow new tufts even on mine? thanks
Answer: dracaena marginata
the dracene marginate are plants originating from tropical areas of Africa; despite this they are quite resistant to drought and live well even in places that are not very bright, so they are also good in the apartment, even if they do not enjoy the ideal cultivation conditions; surely if it were possible for you to find a brighter area of the house for your dragon tree, you could have a more luxuriant plant full of leaves.
In any case, the dracene that we find in the nursery tend to develop erect stems, without lateral branches, which with the passing of the years tend to rise, without producing any branch along the stem, or other vegetation; for this reason we grow plants that have a very high thin stem, surmounted by a thick tuft of leaves. In the nursery several dracena cuttings are often sold, all placed in the same pot, but cut at different heights, so as to give rise to a sort of grove, usually with three different tufts of leaves, and three different heights. This expedient is practiced to obtain the illusion of a branched plant, when instead they are three completely similar plants, but of different heights.
If you want to shorten your dracena, you can remove the top, and plant it next to the stem that will be so bare; cover the upper cut with putty and cultivate the cutting and the plant as always, as if it were your old plant: within a few weeks the erect and thin stem, devoid of leaves, will tend to sprout, producing a new head of leaves. To obtain the effect of a sort of grove, avoid cutting the plant in half, and instead try to produce two plants of different height, so that the tuft of the lower goes to cover part of the bare stem of the taller.