Cordyline stricta has an unbranching stem up to 15 ft tall, bearing long, linear 2 ft … I have cordyline (cabbage tree) approximately 15 feet tall. It is not feasible to take a cutting from your Cordyline Juliet but what sometimes happens is you will find a new shoot appearing from soil level and if this occurs you can remove the shoot along with some of the roots and re-pot it and give it to your friend.  Cordyines can also be grown from seed - they are quite easy to germinate and what you could do is germinate some of the seeds during the spring/summer months re-pot them into small pots and then you can supply all of your friends with a Cordyline. It’s a simple job to cut them back and keep them looking good. Can the head of the plant that has been cut off be planted to re grow? Is the bark on these plants like a normal tree where damage can kill it? 25 Nov, 2009 Dawnsaunt. If I could cut off the roots within the wall would it damage the cordyline? Â. I am afraid Micheal that if you do start to cut off the roots of your Cordyline within the wall this could quite easily damage the plant and it would be far better to try and remove your wall and update it without cutting any of the roots.  I realise the difficult situation you are in but cutting some of the Cordylines main roots system will obviously affect your plant. I would cut the shoots back now and this will give plenty of time for the cuts to heal and callous over during the winter months. Is it a lost cause? Cordylines - choose broad-leaf fruticosa for more sheltered and sub-tropical locations, narrow-leaf australis for colder, windier, drier and tougher spots. Here are some important factors of cordylines when you start growing from seeds… Other Names: Good luck plant, Cabbage tree, Hawaii Ti, Palm lily. It can be found in tropical Southeast Asia and Pacific wetlands. Like most tropical foliage plants, cordylines benefit most from regular misting. - This plant has been in the pot too long. Has it rotted at the base or just having a bad time? Almost all of the leaves are brown in one of the big plants and the other is going browner by the day. Many thanks. We have an 8ft green Cordyline Australis which is growing quite well in the front garden. I do not think that it is worthwhile trying to tape your tree CJ but you will find that your snapped Cordyline will produce new shoots from the stem and base level. Cordyline (Botanical Name: C. terminalis) are common decorative plants that thrive outdoors in hardiness zones 9 to 12, but also make excellent houseplants. We had cold frosts and a days worth of snow but were moved to a sheltered area... is this not enough - have I killed them? Would these be suitable for planting cordylines? However I have noticed it has started to lean in quite a pronounced fashion, probably about 19 degrees from vertical. I have read about treatment with Tumble Blight & Dithane but what are the chances that this will cure the problem and should I remove it completely to stop the spread to its close relative?Â. Would this work, and what would I tie around the 2 plants in order to avoid damaging them? The 8' example flowered 2 years ago and now has 3 branches. Once your Cordyline flowers have completely died the flower stems can be cut right back using a sharp knife or secateurs and it is also well worthwhile cutting back any dead leaves again using a sharp knife/secateurs and the leaves need to be cut back as close as possible to the main trunk - whatever you do do not pull the leaves off - this will damage the main stem. Only problem is, cordylines get very straggly once the stems start to gain height. Many thanks. Today I show you How To Grow a Cordyline From a Cutting, and I give you some Growing Tips and tricks. You can wrap the heads with hessian or fleece if the forecast says icy blasts but it's no fun, I can tell you. 25 Nov, 2009 Guest. In order to submit a comment to this post, please write this code along with your comment: 933980822e17c371f37bbe5f961ad03a. This plant is widely cultivated as a container plant, but is not frost hardy. The yellowing of Cordyline leaves James happens frequently and these leaves need to be cut off close to the main stem with a sharp pair of shears or secateurs.  Cordyline leaves can suffer from rust spores which, can be kept under control by using either Tumble Blight or Dithane and spraying should take place during the springtime.  But, if the leaves are just yellowing this is natural occurrence. keep it in a container, i bought 2 14 years ago the one in the garden is about 20+ft tall the container grown one about 6ft. 1 reply. Despite its name, the Hawaiian Ti plant, or Cordyline, actually does not originate in Hawaii. Despite its name, the Hawaiian Ti plant, or Cordyline, actually does not originate in Hawaii. Moderate to regular water. We Have Cordyline Banksii Electric Pink That Are Growing Too Tall. The whole garden was recently (about 18 days ago) given a dressing of Growmore and an application of Phosphate liquid watering. Exotic-looking cordylines are a popular choice for coastal and city planting. I live in North East Lincolnshire and have a large (about 12ft) Cordyline australis which at the moment it has three flower heads in bud. It sounds from your email that the frost has killed your two small Cordylines Hannah and it will have been the shock of taking the two plants from the shelter of the supermarket and placed straight into the garden.  With reference to your bare beds I feel that long term you need to plan what plant species you would like to grow in these areas (beds with small shrubs, beds with herbs or beds with summer and autumn bedding).  You mention seeds that you can sprinkle on, and there are quite a wide range of summer hardy annuals which will give you colour through the summer months and there are also wild flower mixes which are now becoming very popular.Â. A favourite is Cordyline 'Rubra'. We have looked at other Cordylines in the area, but they don't appear to be quite as yellow. The thick centre shoot will be the flowering shoot John and once this has started to go brown and die back this can be cut back to approximately two to three inches from the base of the plant and, you will find that in time once the Cordylines have become established they will produce a flowering stem. I not aware of anyone Derrick who has tried this method and I feel that what will happen is that even though you strap these ropes to the ground your Cordyline will not grow at the angle you require and the leading shoots will always have a tendency to grow vertically.  You ask if your system will work and I feel that you are going to have problems and if you tighten the ropes too tight this could quite easily, under windy conditions, snap the shoot. There are 2 large (20ft) Cordylines in my garden, planted at ground level. Regarding your Cordyline - which is obviously 'loving' the Scottish climate - you can cut the main stem back but this needs to be done next spring when the sap is becoming more active and the plant will have all spring and summer to produce new shoots. I have read your advise and know the chances of success are slim but wondered if you could tell me the best time of year to try and move it? Cordylines will grow in sand, chalk, clay or loam as long it’s well-drained and is reasonably fertile. It is a little bit late in the year Sue for you to cut back your Cordyline and it would be far better waiting until next Spring which will allow your plant all Spring and Summer to produce new shoots. This range of colour, and the leaf shape that varies from strap-thin to broad and fleshy makes them ideal year-round foundation plants. If the young shoot is coming from below the soil surface Lindsey you should be able to remove the shoot using a sharp knife and also some roots. Weatherwise . However, all is not lost with your Purple Cordyline - I would cut back the damaged leaves to the main stem and then you will need to spray with a fungicide to control rust.  I also find the Purple species is far better grown in a large container which allows the plant to be moved to a sheltered position during the winter months. We live in Torquay and until this summer had a beautiful 20 feet palm tree in the south facing garden of our flat. When grown outside, cordylines seldom suffer from stress. I squeezed one and it had white liquid in.. can you please tell me if you know what these are? I've rescued two scabby looking plants in old containers from my daughter-in-law (please don't tell her I said that).   I want to plant them out in my garden to give them a new lease of life.   It would be most convenient to put them where there are a lot of limestone chippings, but do cordylines hate lime?   I've other places to put them, it's just I have more space in the chippings! BBC Lancashire, Darwen Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 2EA. ( I wouldn’t mind giving the liqu… Cut the stem into sections at least 30cm in length. Please could you tell me what to do? The rough outer layer of bark on your Cordyline Martin is there to protect the smoother layer underneath and exposure of areas of this smoother layer can be detrimental to the growth of your Cordyline.  Therefore first and foremost we need to deter the main suspect - a cat - which is using the trunk as a scratching post.  There are tried and tested materials - such as Pepper Dust - which you can sprinkle around the trunk - and I would also place around the affected area a layer of grease which should help to deter from scratching the bark - cats do not like grease on their paws.  There is also another product called Renardine which comes in a liquid form and is made from animal waste products and it is the scent from the animal waste products which keep cats at bay.  What you need to do is soak some old sacking with the Renardine and place around the trunk.  Renardine can be purchased from Garden Centres.Â. Cordyline fruticosa, also called Hawaiian ti, is an evergreen shrub that performs well grown outside in warm and humid, frost-free climates. Everything you need to know about choosing the right cordyline for you. If you are going to dig these plants out of the ground they will need a large size root ball and to establish a 7ft Cordyline is not going to be easy, the chances of success are not very high.  I feel long term to restrict traffic noise you would be far better planting an evergreen hedge such as Laurel or Privet. 1. Care of a Cordyline Red Star Spike. If these are some kind of pest I will need to get rid of them or are they something produced by the plant itself? What I would suggest you could do is to place a raised bed area around the Cordylines which will protect the tree trunks and this will help to overcome the problem.  The only disadvantage is that the twenty feet Cordylines will have very large root systems and part of the root system is obviously going to be cover with the two feet of soil.  As long as the tree trunk is free from soil you can place within the two feet screen around the Cordylines some large stones and pebbles which allow free drainage to the roots.  I hope these suggestions will help to solve your problem. My cordyline has yellowing of the leaves which I know means shock  - do I remove all the yellow leaves with a pair of sharp gardening scissors? Cordylines will grow in a wide range of soils Bill providing that the soil is well drained, too much moisture can quite easily cause the roots to rot off.  With regard to your chalky soil providing that the pH is not too high I am sure that your Cordyline will be fine but, it would be worthwhile working some organic material/peat into the soil before planting. Can I separate theses shoots and pot them to form new plants if so how? Cordyline typically has leathery leaves shaped li… Problems with roots appear when plants absorb too much water from the soil under the footings and the foundations are not strong enough to withstand the resulting movement. Cordyline. Rubra means red, and boy, it's red all right but right next door to it is a lovely cordyline with yellow colouring. With regard to saving your Cordyline, if there are not many roots left on your plant I am afraid that there is little hope but, what you could do is repot your Cordyline and cut back the main stem to approximately six inches from the soil level and quite often you will find that the plant will throw up new shoots. 30 replies. I have got a Cordyline australis is my back garden and we are due to start an extension. For more information on managing tropical foliage plants go to www.amazon.de/dp/B006LGGGSW. Regarding the second part of your question - you can allow these shoots to grow but you will need to repot into a large container the following spring. ; If it is possible you will need to cut the leaves off flush to the main trunk with a sharp pair of secateurs. 1 reply. In the North, grow cordyline as an annual. Plant Height: 10 feet tall Cordylines look at their best when keeping a low profile. This cordyline will be cut back in a few months because it has grown too tall for its position. The smooth areas of the trunk which are exposed can be painted with Arbrex (a tree sealant) to protect against disease infection - again Arbrex can be purchased from Garden Centres/DIY Stores. All of the plants took except the three palms which are now dying one at a time. In cooler climates they are popular indoor plants and continued breeding now brings us cordylines in bright stripes and splodges of cream, peach, orange, red, burgundy, pink, yellow, cream and many shades of green. My question is when can I prune the brown leaves that surround the base of both of the heads that are making the tree look extremely tatty and what is the best method of doing this? Any suggestions about what I should do? Cordyline australis does very in my climate, we have several of differing sizes but apart from one 8' plant they all only have one trunk/stem. Only just over half of the leaves have gone yellow. The palm is very hardy and I sure that it will recover. This is a useful technique if your plants become too tall. See vibrant Cordyline varieties here! If you just require one shoot the remaining stems can be cut back flush to the main trunk. Where I live, most rainfall occurs in summer. Cordylines love to be planted in a well drained soil Karen and you have done right to place gravel stones in the bottom of the pot to assist drainage but, it is also important to use a soil base compost such as John Innes No 2 or No 3 and with this compost I would also add an extra ten per cent of a sharp grit sand which again will help to ensure that the compost is well drained. You can find quite a diverse range of Cordylines for sale online covering the green, reds and pink colour ranges. I have a cordyline about 3ft to 4ft tall that used to be in a pot but is now planted in a raised bed topped with blue slate chippings. Regarding cutting the shoots from the base of your Cordyline it is important that there are some roots on the cuttings and these should then be repotted into five inch pots and placed in a sheltered spot in the garden. The yellow spots Pauline on the leaves of your Cordyline Australis may have been caused by the air borne fungal spores of rust disease which is quite common on the green leafed Cordylines.  You can spray with a fungal insecticide such as Dithane but this needs to be carried out early springtime.  You do get natural senescing of the leaves at this time of year (October) and you will need to cut these yellowing leaves off close to the main trunk with a sharp pair of shears or secateurs. We have a cordyline australis which is about 3ft high.  It was in the ground until May, when we noticed that the crown was sopping wet, and the leaves were brown, and pulling out easily.  Thinking that the soil was not well drained, we transplanted it into a very large container, with added sand to improve drainage.  However, the crown is still wet inside, and the leaves are all brown. They are also very thin, about 20cm wide and very taught whereas we have 3 planted at my workplace and they are a dark green colour virtually down to the ground and blow freely in the wind. The genus Cordyline includes 15 species of woody to semi-woody monocotyledonous flowering plants found in the western South Pacific north to India. I would personally contact your Local Authority and ask if one of their tree experts would take a look at your Cordyline and give you their advice. So when a cordyline becomes too tall and straggly for its position, take a clean, sharp pair of secateurs, shears or loppers and remove top growth, leaving … Tender species make good house or conservatory plants. Recent winters have demonstrated that plants reduced to ground level will usually re-sprout from the base and quickly regain some size. Check out our website … Good to hear from you Malcolm and pleased that you have logged into the BBC Radio Lancashire Gardening Website. Most are shorter than Cordyline australis; are clump forming; and have tall clusters of fragrant, white-to-pale lilac flowers in summer. It is now some 10ft tall and we would like to stop it growing any taller - can we prune it and how? 1. It is very important though Derek to tie the leaves back on a very dry day and I prefer to use white fleece to plastic bubble which I find more porous.  I feel the problem with your plant is that you may have tied your leaves together when wet which has caused damping off. We are due to move house between August 2007 & Jan 2008. If your soil is very sticky and clayey you would be far better lifting your Cordylines and planting them in a soil based compost such as John Innes No 2 in large containers - ensuring that there is plenty of drainage holes in the containers.  Your Cordylines are always going to suffer in a very heavy clay soil.  And, providing that your container is quite large your Cordylines will be fine and once established you will need - especially over the summer months - to feed with a general base fertiliser. We brought them home and planted very deep in our garden. I was given a Cordyline as a present last December, I planted it up in a large container and it is in a partly sunny position in my front garden, however we are directly opposite the North sea, (approx 500 yards away) and it's not very well sheltered, the plant appears to be suffering, its lower leaves have all tuned brown one by one and I have been pulling them off leaving just 2 stems left which appear to be on their last legs, is there anything I can do besides putting it in a more sheltered spot, reading other peoples queries I now understand that you should not pull off the leaves but cut them off, thank you in hope of saving a dying plant!Â. I have a 10ft Cordyline (cabbage tree) that I want to cut to a smaller size please can you give me any advice as to the best way to do this. To improve drainage of loam soil, mix in some horticultural grit; remember that cordyline likes most, but well-drained soil; if it sits in soil that is too … I would use a soil based compost with added grit sand and when repeating your plant you will need to remove the dead leaves and it will be worth keeping your plant to see if it will produce new shoots.  You mentioned adding sand to your compost - it must be a sharp grit sand - do not use ordinary building sand as this will compact the compost. The secret with keeping your cordylines in good shape – and colour – is to be ruthless and cut off their heads! Cordyline australis, commonly known as the cabbage tree or cabbage-palm, is a widely branched monocot tree endemic to New Zealand.. One of the problems that you are going to encounter Kath by growing Cordylines in raised beds is that Cordylines do grow quite large and have a vigorous root system and over a period of time could quite easily damage your raised beds and supress any other plants which you intend to grow.  I personally feel that you would be far better growing smaller alpine plants/perennials in the raised beds. I have 2 cordylines about 5ft tall in the same border, one fell over in the strong winds but it did not die so I just pushed it back upright, held it in and staked it, but what has happend now is that it has produced a rather thick centre shoot that has fern like (for a better word) flowers... can you tell me what has happened and what should I do? What I would do Paul is to place a stake in the ground at an angle of 45-60 degrees this, will ensure that the point of the stake is not too near the root ball and before tying your Cordyline to the stake I would place between your plant and the stake some spongy packing to avoid damage to the plant. After training at the under the then Ministry of Agriculture, Bill spent over twenty years at the Department of Biological and Environmental Services at Lancaster University.  Now, he's a regular course tutor at Alston Hall, Longridge and Lancaster Adult College. Q. Cordyline - Please help..my cordyline plant which I have had about 5 yrs and is about 6ft tall has died..the crown is… Q. My cordylines are getting too big for their pots. The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. They’re tropical weather plants and thrive in climates where temperatures remain above 55 degrees. Whether you’ve got a house or an apartment, cordylines always seems to turn up somewhere, inside or out, and alas, often looking straggly and unattractive. Flowers: Red, pink and yellow. 11 Dec, 2009 Elfin. Both kinds make great indoor houseplants too. Is there anything I can do to keep them alive. But all that can be changed as horticulturist JULIE LAKE explains. Can you help please? But when planted in full requires more water to thrive. Thank you. I've supported it by putting a wooden post next to it at the moment. You will need Carole to keep your Cordyline in a sheltered spot over the winter months with your garden being in close proximity to the North Sea.  With regard to the brown leaves these do need to be cut off with a sharp pair of secateurs.  In very cold weather you can protect the healthy leaves by bunching them together and covering with white fleece. ... though this is usually too tall for a houseplant. We have a Cordyline Australis, and it is growing very well in Forfar Scotland. Bill have you any tips on growing cordyline australis (do's and don'ts?) Cordyline grows with a rosette of leaves circling the stem. Tough as old boots but not very frost hardy - withstanding -10°c without too much damage. I am planning some raised beds (3 x 5 inch sleepers high), and approx three foot from front to back. In such climates, do your cutting back at the end of the cool season. The recent high winds have blown it over but left the pot upright,. Don showed how to propagate cordylines from stem cuttings, also known as ‘logs’. I have a cordyline that is about 5 foot tall, but due to recent stormy weather it has seemed to have lost its ability to stand up straight, the only reason its not falling over is due to it being next two two walls that support it. 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