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Limelight dracena

Posted by heislerab none (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 20, 12 at 22:06

Hi, I have a 6-7 foot lime light dracena that is running out of growing room. Does anyone know if I can prune it and how. If I can is there a certain time to do it. Spring summer?

Sharon


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RE: Limelight dracena

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Feb 20, 12 at 22:46

Yes, you can prune it. If it's healthy & growing well, it will back-bud. How profusely it back-buds depends on the timing of the 'chop' and how much stored energy the plant has when you do it. The ideal time would be around the 4th of July for most of the US.

You can be pretty unceremonious about the undertaking, using a saw or regular garden loppers. A smooth initial cut isn't necessary, because the stem/trunk will die back to the highest offshoot, leaving a short stub you can prune back to look better later when you can see clear delineation between living & dead tissue.

There really is very little risk involved, but for best results I'd suggest you get the plant outdoors as soon as nights are reliably above 55*. The plant will gain much more energy, faster, that way.

I'm guessing you probably haven't really repotted the plant - only potted up? If that's the case, you might consider a full repot, which includes bare-rooting and root pruning, around Father's day and delaying the chop until mid-July. It will have a CONSIDERABLE rejuvenating effect on the plant.

If you need more info or have questions, just let me know.

Al


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RE: Limelight dracena

Okay that sounds great! I live in Alberta Canada so the plant is strictly a house plant. It is very healthy that is why it is running out of room growing like crazy! I have a lemon tree which needs repotting so I will do some root work to my dracena at the same time. Will definately wait until then since it is quite cold up here yet and not a job for in the house. Thanks Al and I appreciate all the great info!

Sharon


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