First I must say, I am not quite sure the plant is really a Dracaena…

Well, I see lot of similar plants growing a "multiple" head with several stems but mine is only growing straight up.

I have been researching a little bit about growing but my native tongue isn't -English and the translator doesn't help me that much when searching for the terms.

So far, I see I have to cut the top of the plant and seal it so it has to start growing from the laterals. Is this the only way?

Can I just cut some leaves and insert them to the main stem and they will grow from there?

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Looks like Dracaena marginata alright. To get more stems, the way to go is topping it (cut off the top of the plant). New shoots will grow from the stem, however there is a chance that only one new shoot will grow. I am not sure how to stimulate more shoots to develop, I think it might be a matter of timing (topping it in the right season). Best chances are to top it in Springtime, when everything starts to grow.

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    To add to this, you can try keeping the top you cut off (as a cutting). With a bit of luck, if you just put it in a pot with potting soil, it will grow roots and survive.
    – user53923
    Mar 19, 2019 at 9:58
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    You can easily root these in water - pop what you cut off in a narrow necked bottle full of water and stand it on a windowsill. Should take about 4-6 weeks for roots to from, then pot it up in potting soil.
    – Bamboo
    Mar 19, 2019 at 19:34

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