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how to create several stems at draceana marginata?

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by cloggie on July 05, 2006 10:10 AM
If you buy a draceana marginata it always has a main stem that splits in two to four pseudo-branches. However if you grown new plants from cut-offs they only have a single stem, which is a bit boring. So I tried to get 'branches' by cutting the single stem. After a while two shoots are formed. However, allways one of them starts to dominate and forms the basis of a single 'side-stem' the otherone dies of. The resulting plant shape is not very attractive.

My question: how can I keep both shoots growing, so that I can get several 'branches'? In other words, what is the trick of the professional growers?

by Jiffymouse on July 05, 2006 12:19 PM
turn the plant regularly so that they get equal light. that is the trick
by cloggie on July 07, 2006 08:09 AM
Thanks for the tip. I will try it out.

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