Cutting down a Dracaena Janet Craig (14' tall, 50 years old)
My wife has a Dracaena Janet Craig houseplant which is almost 50 years old. She has owned it for her entire life. The problem is, this plant has grown to be almost 14 feet tall, with a thin trunk that must be supported by a sturdy pole. Furthermore, we have recently moved from Chicago to Seattle. The plant is presently living in my brother's house (luckily he had a tall ceiling). But we need to move it to Seattle. And to make matters worse, we are finding that housing in this part of the country is very expensive, and homes that have 2-story space in them tend to be even more expensive new construction. We are faced with either having a very very limited choice of homes to buy, or figuring out a way to solve our plant problem. My wife has wanted to cut the plant back for years. Both to enjoy it more, as well as to propagate it. But she is naturally afraid to hurt it. We really don't want to lose this plant. Please help us!