Plant- what do with stem tall, should cut and put stem in soil plant?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 31, 2017
    That plant needs to be repotted in fresh soil ,and make sure the pot has drainage holes.Cut the stem off ,dip in a rooting hormone and put in soil
  • Connie Connie on Sep 01, 2017
    Thank you.
  • Charly Charly on Sep 01, 2017
    The reason your plant is so leggy and spindly is because it's not getting enough light. There's nothing wrong with the size of the pot. Cut that leggy piece down to the soil and it should still grow new shoots. Take the long piece you cut off and cut it again about 3 inches from the bottom of the leafy part. Put it in a little jar of water on a sunny window sill and let it grow roots. After it has roots on it about 4 or 5 inches long either plant it back in the pot it came from or plant it in another pot by itself and start a whole new plant. Houseplants need water, light and food.
  • Connie Connie on Sep 03, 2017
    Thanks.
  • Kelly Kossow-Morgan Kelly Kossow-Morgan on Sep 03, 2017
    Hi! What kind of plant is this please? We have one and dont know :)
  • Sou15735063 Sou15735063 on Sep 03, 2017
    I think it's a Diffenbachia, from what I can make of the pic
  • CP CP on Sep 04, 2017
    This particular plant is an aglaonema silver queen. It is most likely leggy because it has not been watered properly and the soil content is wrong. My suggestion would be to cut it back, put it outside for the summer and watch it regrow its leaves, and you can rootthe other pieces that you cut off in a rooting compound that you can find at a place like Pikes or Home Depot. If it is the summer time you can root it in water. This particular plant is very slow growing, and as it ages it does tend to get leggy. You will have to keep it pruned, and you will see new growth start to occur where you cut it off. The other alternative is to plant it with another similar type of plant that needs similar lighting, such as philodendron or a pothos. This will keep the bottom looking full and the stems of the Silver Queen will not look as leggy. Also check it for bugs as spider mites and mealybugs love these plants. It does need to be fertilized, and they like to become slightly dry between waterings. It needs good light but not full sunlight. The other thing that you can do to make the bottom of the planter look a little bit more appealing is to get a bag of Spanish Moss or sheet Moss at the Dollar Tree and bunch it up in the bottom. The leggy pieces definitely have to be trimmed off and rerooted. They do not root well if you stick them directly in the soil, they will rot before they will take root. I hope this is helpful, I used to own an interior plantscaping company and we had a lot of these, they are beautiful plants when they are grouped with others, and taking care of to the point where they don't get terribly leggy. Have a great day!
    • Connie Connie on Sep 09, 2017
      I learn something. I got it from someone give me, I am not sure how take care it. Thank you.
  • Elaine Elaine on Sep 04, 2017
    It looks to me as if it badly needs to be closer to a window receiving better sun exposure. I used to have one and kept it in bright light, watering it once a week or ten days depending on if the soil felt dry or still damp. Has it been in old soil for a long time? If so, gently remove the old soil and fill the pot with new soil and some vermiculite (available at Walmart & nurseries) to aerate the soil. Just a good handful of Vermiculite stirred into the soil will be sufficient.

    I would be very hesitant to put it outside as direct sunlight could burn and bleach out the leaves. If you do put it out, keep it off the ground as bugs can crawl in the pot then when you bring it in for the cooler weather, you may see some new bugs crawling around! (I speak from experience!!). These types of plants do get leggy - what I did (and still do) is cut the stalk down, then re-root in a jug of water then when there's strong root growth, repot it.

    These are very easy plants to keep in a home.
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