When my husband and I met, he had this tree growing in a pot in the living room. He said that one time he put it outside and it almost died. I have since married this man and took over the job of caring for the houseplants. The tree has been fertilized and it looks like a stalk of corn. The tree is now so tall that it is bending at the ceiling. I would like to know what kind of plant it is and if you recommend any kind of pruning. I attempted to figure it out on my own and I think it may be a Dracaena. Could you help me identify and may suggest what I can do to keep my tree from morphing into the hunchback of notre dame? thanks a bunch!!!
The picture is pretty dark, but you are right. The plant is a Dracaena Janet Craig. The best time to prune Dracaena houseplants is in the spring and early summer, but you should be okay doing it now. Cut off the top part of the Dracaena stem/stalk anywhere you wish. Dracaena Janet Craig houseplants will then send out new leaves below the cut area. The part of the Dracaena Plant stalk that is removed can be used to start a new Dracaena Plant. Before you prune, decide how short you want the plant and what you want the plant to look like. You can read more about Dracaena Janet Craig HousePlants in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.
Here is a picture of a Dracaena Janet Craig that has been pruned well.