Dracaena Marginata propogation

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  1. PalominoBlackwing

    PalominoBlackwing New Member

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    every time I propagate my dragon tree, the cuttings just wilt and die, what am I doing wrong? I just cut it off, put root hormone on it and put it in dirt and water it but they all end up looking like the got the life sucked out of them and turn mushy
     

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    vitog Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what you are doing wrong, because I've done it the same way; and it has worked each time. It might have something to do with the timing or the differences in weather between Vancouver and Arizona. I move my potted Dracaena outdoors in late Spring and bring it inside in the fall when temperatures have dropped substantially. I cut the top off and plant it in the same pot with fresh soil just before bringing the pot inside. Perhaps the change in temperature helps to trigger root formation. I know that bottom heat is helpful for rooting some types of cuttings; so it could have an effect here.
     
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    It gets to about 108 here on a normal day, would it be a good idea to leave it out st night in 90° temperature or leave it inside where it's 80 degrees?
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Do you have the pot in the sun? It would do better being in the shade until it has roots. I would also do a shorter stem, leaves just above the soil and only about 4 inches above ground, about the same below. And the soil looks dry, yet you say the stems go mushy, which might indicate too much water.
    You would need to not let it totally dry out, but not worry too much if the leaves look terrible. The plant could still sprout new growth from new roots or from the stem as long as the stem is still alive.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It is so hot and dry in Arizona. Even indoor environments are often very dry there. I think if I were propagating any sort of cutting there, I would probably keep them under some sort of cover to make a humid environment for them while they are rooting.
     
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    Junglekeeper Contributor 10 Years

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    Apparently dracaenas prefer lower temperatures than 108F:
    • UF > IFAS > MREC > Apopka - Dracaena Production Guide
     
  7. PalominoBlackwing

    PalominoBlackwing New Member

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    Yeah I know , I only keep them inside

    Usually the stem dries out at the top where the leaves are

    I have an oil diffuzer and it works as a humidifier
     
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    Palomino, I know that even in Arizona, it's a lot cooler than 108 degrees during the winter. Have you tried propagating your Dracaenas at that time of year?
     
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    I haven't, I only have one shoot now and I don't wanna mess it up
     

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