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Hello there.

At work we have some corn plants (dracaena fragrans). One of plants had a bare stalk with wax on top of it. I was questioning whether cutting off the top would encourage it to resprout. Right after I said that the owner of the plant pulled the cane out and asked me if I wanted to try it at home. When she pulled the cane out, I heard the "snap" of roots breaking, so I don't think it's dead.

Here's my question...

If I cut off the top, will it resprout leaves? I would really like to have a corn plant at home. It would be great to have one I was able to start off myself. I don't know if the length of it matters, but the stalk is just over a foot long.

All advice is appreciated.

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Amanda


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you can actually just nick it under one of the growth rings and it will sprout. you don't have to actually cut it.

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Thanks Jiffy!

Would I make a small nick, like with a razor blade? Or a little deeper with a knife?


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I forgot to ask another question...

Should I root this in water or soil?


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Jiffymouse,
I have a corn plant that started sprouting little plants all over the stalk. I was going to repot it. Should I just let it go as is?


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Sounds pretty Sherri!


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i think, thicker with a knife, not necessarily deeper. a razor would create a nick that could heal rather than sprout.


and sherri, i'd leave it as is and i'd even more love to see a picture!

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I made cuts in my corn plants to see what happens with them. I have one pot with about three stalks that are about six feet high. I'll post a picture of them soon.


Okay, here they are!

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Manderlyh I see you like to experiment with your plants! So do I. I sense a kindred spirit.... grin


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^actually, my father-in-law did those plants. He gave them to us when he sold his business and decided to retire, (travels a lot). I am trying to learn...in fact, I am thinking about making pothos cuttings to fill up the bottom of the corn plant pot. It looks very plain and boring to me. (I think I need to start collecting empty glass jars to do this...lol)


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