Posted 2w ago by @Lynnja

Mass cane
Do I need to separate the baby growing? Is it ok to leave it in there? Backstory- this arrangement was given to me by a plant friend when we lost a cat. It came with 4 plants together. I ended up removing one and left the others in. They’re all kind of crowded in there.
I think you should separate each plant into it’s own pot, as they will strive better.
I would put each of the 3 in their own pot at this point. As for the baby, it kind of depends how attached it still is at the roots. I would probably leave it with Mom a little longer and give them first a chance to acclimate together in a bigger space all their own. Plus you might want to leave it there because it looks good if the mom starts growing tall… 🤔
I would leave the mass can and maybe put the other plants in their own pot!
Hi Lynne-I love making tropical plant arrangements and have learned a lot of interesting things about compatibility among plants in containers that weigh in favor of separating the plants into their own containers and leaving the baby with its mom. Ultimately, this decision hinges on whether the plants will thrive in the pot together. To thrive plants must have water, light, soil, and space. The issue that arises with arrangements of different species in the same container is whether there adequate resources for the plants to grow, and if not, which ones will outcompete the others for the aforesaid resources. For light, plants complete by hogging the airspace for their leaves; for the roots, they will crowd out the other plants to make room for their roots. For this reason plants can be complimentary or not, based on whether they are going to be competing for space for their leaves and roots. If you are familiar with the “thriller, filler, and spiller” design for container arrangements, it can be said that two thrilled would compete for the some airspace for their leaves. Here, it appears like you have 3 species of Dracaena. Right now, the leaves are not growing in direct competition. But since they are all Dracaena, their root structures are likely similar and in competition for soil snd access to nutrients. Of note, Dracaena have a growth rate on the slower end, meaning that it may take a while to observe how well they are thriving. While the growth rate is slow, each of these species can grow considerably large and keeping them crowded in container together may stunt their growth. If you decide to keep them in the pot, be mindful of their respect growth rates. I had a peace lily and calathea in a container until the peace lily choked out the calathea, denying it root space. In retrospect, I could have managed their growth better by pruning back the lily and giving the calathea time to grow before the lily hogged all the soil space. Because these are three young plants of species that grow large and because of the relative disparity in sizes, it would seem to me that competition for resources in imminent if not already occurring. I would let the baby get mature and develop its root structure before i subjected it to the stress of transplanting. Hope this helps!
@TexanExpat - thanks. So you are also suggesting I remove the 2 different dracena plants?
It looks like you have three varieties of Dracaena—fragrans, warneckii, and a Florida Beauty. The main the main plant with the baby, Dracaena Fragans, in one pot, the warneckii in its own pot and the Florida Beauty in its own pot. Given the disparity in their relative sizes, the smaller plants are going to be crowded out at some point by the large one (and it’s baby).

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