Back in July, some friends of mine asked me if I could save their Dracaena marginata. I investigated and found the main trunk of the plant to be dead, but took cuttings from a few of the branches where there seemed to be some life left.
I attempted to root six cuttings in water. Five rotted. One didn’t. I moved that one to soil a month ago, and now here he is.
I love a fighter.
I learned a few things from this experience.
- I think I rushed the canes into water. I let them sit out for a day, but a little more time to heal from the cut might have been beneficial. It’s a balance: leave them out too long and they die, put them into water too soon and they rot.
- Rotting Dracaena smells like ass.
- When trying to propagate a plant from cuttings, the health of the parent plant is paramount. My previous attempts to root Dracaena from cuttings have been very successful. This time, not so much. The plant was already rotting inside when I got her.
- This was a lot of work for a plant you could get for a couple bucks at a hardware store.
Still, I’m glad I did it. I’ll be able to give my friends a little plant back. And even though she will look like a daughter, she is, in fact, the exact same plant. Still alive. Still fighting.