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Asked on Oct 9, 2017

Help what type oF plants are these two

PJ WiseKatie DillonKat4464882


Hello i acquired three of em...i like to care for them better than just guessing.
Can anyone let me know
q help what type of plants are these two
They can survive winter ...i think they are beautiful
20 answers
  • JOHN
    on Oct 9, 2017

  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Look like Cordelines
  • Pam
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Looks like spineless yucca. I had one in a pot for years. When transplanted it in the yard it bloomed! I am in Central FL. It grew well without much care.
  • Julanne Sharrow
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Dracena......and cats like to chew on the leaves....I gave up keeping them.
  • Nevena MacLean
    on Oct 9, 2017

    looks like cordyline - they are sold in Switzerland as garden plant so definitely survive -10 c
  • Rob28628223
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Yes, they are in the cacti/succulent family. I'm sorry I don't know their specific name but I'll ask my brother, who is a serious amateur expert. I'm pretty sure he can tell you all that Latin stuff, how to care for them, their common name, etc.

  • Rob28628223
    on Oct 9, 2017

    I sent the link to my brother. Maybe he can help.

    • Claudia
      on Oct 9, 2017

      Omg i hope he answers man sn expert i can askndo many questions nd doubts about plants n howbto care
  • Offaly
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Cordeline. They are not stiff enough for a Yukka
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 9, 2017

    dracena spike for outdoor accents.Generally they will not survive winter temperatures.Re-pot in the next size container,spray them down with horticultural oil and bring doors in a bright location.Keep moist not saturated
  • Pam
    on Oct 9, 2017

    A tall stalk grew from the middle of the plant and had white blooms .
    • Claudia
      on Oct 9, 2017

      What😮you are talking about mines ?? You are amazing if you ca tell jut from a picture
  • Mgroshong
    on Oct 10, 2017

    I have many in the San Diego area. No specific extra care, no fertilizer, little water. Do well outside. Some are 10 feet in height, others 2 feet. Nice looking, if get too tall cut back, stick in ground an another will come forth. Great plant!
  • Reta Maynor
    on Oct 10, 2017

    looks like a Dracaena Marginata
  • Diana Deiley
    on Oct 10, 2017

    We used to purchase these 'spike' plants and center them into whiskey barrel planters for decoration and height. Is it possible to take the smallest plant to your local nursery for clarification and instruction for care? Best of luck.
  • Katherine Mathews
    on Oct 10, 2017

    looks like a pair of Dracenas they come in many leaf widths and colors.
  • Katherine Mathews
    on Oct 10, 2017

    I agree with Reta D. marginata
  • Big lulu
    on Oct 10, 2017

    Dracaena marginata

  • Angela Carter DePew
    on Oct 10, 2017

  • Kat4464882
    on Oct 10, 2017

    These are Cordyline Australis or New Zealand Cabbage Tree. Very hardy, we have them growing in every area of NewZealand.
  • Katie Dillon
    on Oct 11, 2017

  • PJ Wise
    on Oct 15, 2017

    There are wonderful pictures of the plants, how-tos, etc.

    Madagascar Dragon Tree (aka Dracaena Marginata)
    "Tough and Easy"

    The Madagascar Dragon Tree is most definitely one of the easiest indoor plants to grow and maintain. Dracaena Marginata trees can grow up to 6ft high indoors, and they're slow growing.

    I mention easy and tough because I have seen two of these barely given any care and attention and they still thrive today. I'm guilty of leaving one for six months while I was away (family did not water it) that is now doing very well, after I thought it was dead.

    The Dracaena marginata is a species from a large plant genus (Dracaena) that has many variations in leaf sizes, leaf colors and different trunk types. The marginata is one of the most popular seen indoors that grows into an attractive plant and becomes a great focal point of a room, once it has matured enough.
    How it looks and grows: The leaves are quite slim compared to other Dracaena's with arching leaves. There are three types, one has a dark red outer edge leaves with a green center, another is green in the center with red and yellowish stripes and the other the colorama has thick red edges. The leaves are produced when the trunk grows stems (cane) from the side that often needs to be trained (keeps them growing upwards). These stems have a grayish brown bark (the trunk) that can also produce smaller ones, so the Dragon tree really needs to be pruned to avoid the plant from growing in all directions.
    These are slow grower's that can take about 10 years to reach over 5ft tall but look lush once they reach about a foot high. They have a very similar look like palm tree plants.
    Level of care: The Madagascar dragon tree is one of the easiest house plants to grow and takes neglect on the chin - then recovers quickly once the correct conditions and care is provided. The one I gave to my sister (about 5ft in height) over 10 years ago was neglected more than cared for and is now looking great.
    Leaves falling: If leaves start dying and coming away at the bottom of the plant - do not worry. This is natural and similar to how a yucca tree sheds its bottom leaves for new growth. You can remove them once you see them deteriorating in appearance.
    Poisonous: This plant is toxic to both cats and dogs. The problem with cats is they love chewing the leaves, as I found out with my parents cats. My parents cats were fine, although they only nibbled a small amount. Because the leaves are very slim I'm sure they think it's a type of grass. See more about pets and the effect toxins have here at the ASPCA.
    Improving air quality: The Dracaena marginata is one of the plants on NASA's air filtering plants list (part of the NASA clean air study) that reduces benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene, within the air.
    Dragon Tree (common). Dracaena marginata (botanical/scientific).
    Max Growth (approx):
    Height 8ft.
    Poisonous for pets:
    Toxic to cats and dogs.

    Dragon Tree Care
    Average room temperatures are ideal between 65°- 75°F (18°- 24 °C) or more. They will live through much colder temperatures during winter (as I have observed), but keeping them in optimal health requires the room to be no less than 50°F (10°C).
    Bright conditions with shade is suitable for the dragon plant. Direct sunlight will damage the leaves.
    Keeping the soil slightly moist is the best indicator of correct watering. During the winter, like most plants they need much less.
    I have always used an all purpose potting mix that works fine.
    These can be re-potted every two years during spring or later if needed.
    Normal household humidity is fine and misting the leaves is advised. They do like fresh air during the summer from an open window, and do not like stuffy hot rooms from central heating systems.
    Cutting and re-planting stem cuttings a couple of inches long is an easy method used. Apply root hormones and give it a few weeks for them to begin rooting.
    You can remove old leaves that are ready to fall from the bottom of the trunk which will make it look more attractive. And, cut back stems to keep the plant to the size you want.

    Common Problems
    As mentioned above the dragon tree will take lots of neglect, although this is not advised of course. Here's some potential problems to look out for.
    • Brown leaf tips: Possible cause could be dry air, cold drafts or under-watering. Check room humidity and water levels, then see if there are any drafts to identify the cause. Once the cause is found just provide the correct care or conditions needed.
    • Brown soft leaves : The room has become too cold for the plant and the soil could be water logged. Provide higher temperatures and check the soil.
    • Brown spots on leaves: The possible cause here is lack of water. The remedy of course is to water more often and keep the soil slightly moist.
    • Bottom leaves becoming yellow: This as mentioned above is normal. The plant is shedding lower leaves to allow new growth.
    • Insects: Mealy bug and scale can be a slight problem.

    Pruning And Repotting A Madagascar Dragon Tree
    The Madagascar dragon tree is a fantastic resilient species from the Dracaena genus (botanical name: Dracaena marginata). This is one of the easiest plants to grow and maintain.....

    The dragon tree will need to be pruned and repotted at times. It's usually best to prune when growth appears to be strong at the beginning of spring. This is when you're likely to see the lower leaves on a stem begin to yellow.
    When the lower leaves yellow or begin to look unhealthy remove them (this is normal for this plant - its just preparing for new growth). Pull the leaves downwards on the stem and they will just peel off.

    Topping: You will see on the image below that the dragon trees main stem in the center has been cut at the top. This is called topping that is done with many plants that can grow tall. This helps a plant to branch out and restricts the height (this plant can never grow any taller).

    The plant below had a fair bit of neglect and needs leaves and canes removed. It is also became pot bound and the soil needs renewing.
    Seriously Needed Repotting
    After Repotting and Pruning: This is the same plant as above after pruning and repotting, looking pretty healthy now.
    Training growth: I’m really hoping I can train this one to grow its canes close to each other. The green tie is a soft plastic material that does not harm the bark, tied gently. After new growth has formed the plant will follow the direction I have trained it to grow. Tying to support a plant can be done at any time but to train a plant it must be done in spring or when new growth is appearing.

    Repotting and Pruning Tips
    Pruning: As mentioned above remove any lower leaves yellowing or looking unhealthy (just peel them off). For cutting a stem use a good cutting knife or secateurs....

    You can remove a stem if it is growing out of form with the rest of the plant or remove a lower stem to encourage upper growth. I always cut it right back to the main stem/trunk but you can cut it to any length then this stem will produce a new branch.

    The stem/cane cuttings can be used for propagating (you can propagate 2 -3 in stem cuttings or plant a whole stem with most the lower leaves removed). More info on propagating can be found here. Look at the section for stem and cane cuttings.

    As mentioned previously you can top the plant by cutting the main stem/trunk with a good sharp knife to your desired height. Remember it will not grow taller than thecut though...but it will encourage new branches near the top of the new tip.

    Don't worry about over pruning or harming a dracaena marginata its a tough cookie and easy to prune and care for.

    Repotting: Repotting should be done about once every two years or so. If they become root bound growth is likely to be very slow. You can check the bottom of the pot to see if roots are appearing through the drainage holes and if they are the plant is root bound.

    To repot first get yourself a new pot that is 1 -3 inches bigger in width than the current pot. Lean the pot on its side holding the plants stem carefully and try to ease the plant out. You may need to tap the bottom or press and squeeze the sides of the pot to encourage the plant to come out (only plastic pots).

    Loosen as much of the old soil from the roots as possible and check for any unhealthy roots (also remove them). Loosen all the roots so they are kind of hanging down rather than spiralling around (spiralling around is a sign the plant has become root bound).

    Place enough potting mix in the pot so the plant is kind of sitting at the same level as it was previously. Cover the outer edges of the plant within the pot a couple of centimetres at least below the top of the pot. An all purpose potting mix is fine to use for this plant.

    You are now ready to go! Water the plant thoroughly and place it back in the same position it was before treating it.

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