The plants were in very bad shape, pot bound, burned leaves from sitting outside during the estate sale, but I figured it would be a great challenge to save them.
I first removed the plants from their pots and removed all of the old soil and dead areas. Then I repotted them in larger pots with fresh soil. Then I did the unthinkable....I chopped all of the burned, dying foliage off so that all I was left with was what appeared to be sticks and then I sat back and waited patiently! My patience is beginning to pay off as they are showing signs of gorgeous fresh new growth!
Once there is sufficient growth, I will cut the tips off, root them in water and make another houseplant. My goal is to make 4 large plants for each of my main living areas. Here's the tips that were worth saving during my original hacking-they now have roots several inches long and are about to be potted up as well.
And here is a close up of the roots! See all the white 'spots' on the trunk-those will also create new roots so I can cut them into pieces and as long as I plant them right side up-more plants should be possible. This is probably the absolute slowest way of getting a houseplant, but the plants I've purchased at nurseries never last long-but plants that make it through this are always healthy and strong for years.