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I've had this plant for a couple of years, but I don't know what it is or really even how to care for it.  It's growing taller and has lost the lower leaves on the stalk.  Is there a way to make it more "full" and/or cut off one of the stalks, re-root it, and maybe the old stalk would sprout new growth?  I'm clueless!

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Ginnie,

Your plant is a Dracaena sanderiana/Ribbon Dracaena, it is the same plant that is grown as a Lucky Bamboo. It is in a pot that is a bit large. It likes to be more rootbound. Bigger is not always better. Wait till after April 1st then you can cut the tops off and dib them in rooting hormone then insert them in the soil beside the  old bases aand they will grow new roots and the old bases will grow new tops. Then the pot will be the right size and it will not need repotted ever. Eventually when they are too tall you can cut the tops off again and start another pot with 4-5 plants in it. Here is a website with more info. http://www.onlineplantguide.com/Plant-Details/804/

After April 1st it will root easier because the days will be longer. Good luck!

Darlene

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Darlene K. Kittle

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I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.

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I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

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Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

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I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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