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Flowery trunk


Question: flowery log


Hi, I am Carla from Turin, I have a beautiful trunk inherited from my mother-in-law that despite my not caring so much has grown to touch the ceiling and this year has flourished. What should I do when the flowering ends? The scent is very intense and pleasant. Thank you for your attention, kind regards, Carla

Flowering log: Answer: flowery log


Dear Carla,
if your dragon is blooming, it is a sign that you cultivate it in the best way, with the correct watering and with the right amount of light; therefore, the plant should have no problem, not even from parasites of various types. When all the flowers have withered, cut the stem that carries them at the base, or wait for it to dry naturally (if it does not bother you, have a bare branch in the vase, which loses petals and has a poorly decorative appearance). Later you can continue to grow the plant as you've always done, since you know it perfectly, or the plant would never have bloomed. When autumn arrives, if it has been a long time since it has re-invaded, you can think of changing the vase, or if it is already very large, at least replace the soil in it, checking the state of health of the root system. Since the plant has grown so much to reach the ceiling of the house, you can also take advantage of the repotting to prune the top, so that it can then remain undisturbed for a few years. The dragon trees are pruned by cutting off the upper branches, parallel to the ground; how much to lower them depends on how they developed: you can simply lower the top by about twenty centimeters, if you want a very high plant, or you can push a little more and cut a few dozen centimeters. If there are more logs in the jar, you can decide to lower only the highest one, or lower them all. Consider that, at the point where you cut, the plant will produce a new head of leaves, so the final height of the plant is greater; after cutting, cover the cutting surface with mastic for pruning, so that the plant is protected from fungal diseases. The abutments that you have removed should be left to dry for a couple of days, on newspaper in a cool and airy place; then you can bury them in a new vase, or at the base of the stems from which they were taken: generally the dracene root with great ease. Once placed in the ground, water, and keep the soil moist, within a few weeks you will notice that they produce new leaves, a clear symptom of the fact that they have taken root.