repotting my curved dumbcane

amyeprightJanuary 27, 2007

Hi, I'm new to the site and am seeking advice about repotting and trimming down my very large dumbcane. It seems to have a severe case of scoliosis. If it were straight it would be about 8 feet long but the stem is so misshapen and curved that it's only about 4 feet tall. New leaves keep popping up and it seems very healthy so I'm afraid if I cut it I may damage it and, eventually, kill it. But as it is, it's really in the way of household traffic (as it grows, it pushes it's existing pot further and further into the room).

Is it safe to just cut it below all the leaves and stick it into a new pot of dirt? Or should I put it in water and let it re-root there? Or is there a better way I should go about it?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You need to air layer a large dumbcane. Hefty cane plants are not likely to reroot after the be-heading. I'll attach an image just to get you interested, but I'd advise that you google 'air layering' and read several articles to get some good instructions.

The purpose of air layering is to encourage a plant to develop a secondary root system 'BEFORE' you cut it from the mother plant. Dieffenbachia and many other plants respond very well to this simple technique.

The plus side is that when you actually do remove the daughter plant, new shoots are likely to emerge from 'Mom', giving yet another plant....though a lot shorter than it was before.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   January 30, 2007 at 1:55PM
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