Jiffy, you could try using the lanky stems to make "log cuttings" to propagate more plants
, IMO it's much easier than air-layering. Remove stem from parent plant
, and cut into 3-4" pieces. Lay these pieces on a bed of moist planting medium, and bury about 1/2 of the stems depth. Enclose in clear plastic bag to retain moisture, place in a bright area (out of direct sun). In a couple of weeks, you'll notice "bumps" appearing on the logs. Soon after, these bumps will become the leaves of a new little plantlet. Remove plastic when first sprouts are an inch or 2 tall, place in a sunny location or under lights. Some of the logs will have more than 1 sprout, when the sprouts are 4-6" tall, you can cut the log on either side of the new plant
, and carefully (there will be roots on the underside) move it to it's own pot. Here's a pic of some I'm currently growing
, these are Dracena fragrans (corn plant
) but this method works just as well on other varieties of Dracena.
You can also easily take the top of your plant
and root it. Leave 4-6" of stem below the leaves, dip in rooting hormone, and plant
in moist rooting medium. Cover pot with clear plastic bag, check occasionally to see if soil is dry, (plastic bag will keep most of moisture in), remove plastic bag when you see signs of new growth at the top of the plant
. Here is a pic of the "top" that was left after I made my log cuttings, I used this method, and it's now growing
happily. I have 2 more like this in the greenhouse
, my parent plant
had "arms", the parent plant
is also in the greenhouse
, looking much better, and growing
with it's oringal main stem.
Give it a try, it's nearly foolproof!!