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Very Large Corn Plant #153444 Nov 19th, 2007 at 07:30 PM
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Hello everyone. I have a question that I'm sure someone can answer.

I have a corn plant that is about 7 3/4 feet tall and growing. There are new plants growing from the bottom, new ones are peeping through and new leaves are sprouting from the top. I need to cut it somewhere in the middle and root that part. It is in a 22" pot, has leaves that are about 14 inches long and 8 inches wide. It is beautiful, but has started to lean, even though it is "tied" to sturdy stakes. I have been told how to cut and root it but it seems to be very complicated and I would need to have wet moss, plastic and some kind of rooting material. Also, I could just cut it and apply the rooting material to both of the exposed areas; however, this would be risky. I don't want to loose the plant. Have any of you cut and rooted a corn plant? I love this plant, it look good in my dining room and I don't want to lose it.

Can anyone help me with this issue?

Thanks.

Skyler

Re: Very Large Corn Plant [Re: Skyler] #153450 Nov 19th, 2007 at 07:43 PM
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Welcome Skyler. I haven't done corn plants myself. But I have rooted a lot of plants. I usually skip all of the complicated parts and just stick a cutting in next to the mother plant. Rooting hormone is fine and you need to strip off any leaves that will be below the soil line and make sure some leaf nodes are below the soil. That is where the best roots will grow from. And make sure the cutting stays moist. I have done the moist moss and plastic cover before but I really like rooting with mamma if I can.


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Re: Very Large Corn Plant [Re: Tina] #153467 Nov 19th, 2007 at 09:41 PM
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Here are photos of my plant.

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Re: Very Large Corn Plant [Re: Skyler] #153474 Nov 19th, 2007 at 10:33 PM
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That is a beautiful plant.


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Re: Very Large Corn Plant [Re: Tina] #153492 Nov 20th, 2007 at 04:47 AM
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Sure is, very healthy looking. Great job.


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Re: Very Large Corn Plant [Re: Sunflowers] #154014 Nov 21st, 2007 at 06:12 PM
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not a corn plant at all, it's a diffenbachia aka dumb cane. but the treatment is still the same, and it is gorgeous. while they are not related, they are similar in their growth habits. and you will discover babies coming from the sides of where you cut it!

Re: Very Large Corn Plant [Re: ] #154137 Nov 21st, 2007 at 11:26 PM
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Wow....

I hope my dief looks like that when it grows up. You have a Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia. It's my favorite dief. You can easily root it in soil or water. If you do it in water, make sure you move it to soil once the roots are about an inch long. Or just start off in soil. I agree that you don't need rooting hormone.

If you can, it might be better to hold off until mid - late February. If you can't it should still be ok. It might just take a little longer.

How long have you had it?



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