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Old 04-12-2009, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Hello!, We have a (we think this is the correct name) Dracaena deremensis, or a Corn Plant. It's approx, 7 1/2' tall. We have 8' ceilings and NOWHERE else to move it to. Is it possible to prune it back without killing it, or do a cutting and propogate the cutting. I have attached a photo of the leaves if someone thinks it may have a differnet name. Thanks for your help in advance!
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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I also have a Corn Plant that's getting quite tall and wondered the same about cutting it back. Hopefully other city-data gardeners will pipe up, but in the meantime I did a google search, and on some gardening sites the answer given was yes, a Corn Plant can be topped off.

Here are a few of the discussions:
trimming corn plants - Fruits & Vegetables - PlantCare.com Forum
can i trim top of corn plant? - House Plants Forum - GardenWeb
House Plants: Dracaena fragrans (corn plant), corn plant, moist soil

I've been cautious about pruning my plant because it's an oldie but goodie (got it about 1976 when it was knee high to a grasshopper :-). However, now I think I can trim it without damaging it.
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Thanks for the response and your links. It was helpful!
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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When mine get to tall and leggy, I chop off the top and put it in water.. new roots will grow and you have another plant...Just change the water often or it will get stagnent and stink real bad.. I know.. from personal experiance !!
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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Actually what you do is cut stalk up from bottom say 3 feet and remove another foot or so from bottom of top piece remove 6-8 inches of leaves and I stuck top piece in gallom milk jug,make jug hole large enough to accomodate stalk.Mine rooted out in my well water in several weeks,don't know if city water with cholorine will affect it.Neighbor has it in pot.Keep in shady area,My present corn plant needs this treatment,7 plus feet tall.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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We just whack them off with a machete and stick the cut off bits into the ground to get more of them. They seem to like it, they then sprout where it was cut off and the cut off bits also keep growing. The dracaena and ti plants are all able to be trimmed this way.
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