Did You Know…?

Dracaena reflexa

This plant has been a main-stay of the tropical foliage plant industry for many years, known by the name Dracaena marginata. However, recent research, some of which has involved DNA technology, has led to the reclassification of this plant (as well as many others), thereby resulting in a “new” and likely unfamiliar name for an old-time favorite plant.

One can find very large, old and mature Red-Edge Dracaena plants growing in the Hilo area, and some of them have actually flowered. Locally they are sometimes called “money plants” by older people, because stem cuttings were sold to commercial foliage plant growers from larger-sized landscape plants for extra cash a number of years ago when demand for cuttings exceeded the supply available from stock plant fields. Stem cuttings of just about any length root easily in just a few weeks by inserting the basal end into growing medium and keeping it damp.

However, it is beneficial to wait about a week after making the cutting to reduce the likelihood of stem rot before planting it.

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