Information and advice on Cordylines - How to grow and care for..
There are several good varieties of Cordyline fruiticosa - or terminalis. Bright red down through to cream colours are available.
The Plant: Large elongated shiny leaves, Cordyline fruticosa ‘Cream’ has richly marked cream and green leaves. Other Cordylines have deep maroon, plum or pink leaves tinged with green. Stunning foliage plants.
All make good foliage plants for indoor use. This group are not hardy - like Cordyline australis for instance.
Its needs: A Cordyline needs good quality light, including some direct sun to maintain rich foliage colour. Keep plant in warm position in winter. Well-draining, rich, friable, open potting mix.
only when the surface of the compost is dry, and in
winter reduce watering to an absolute minimum, (but do not
neglect it for 6 months!) In hot weather,
mist spray the leaves
to prevent drying out, and to keep healthy looking shine. Watch
for red spider. If Cordylines become too tall and overgrown,
remove top growth cleanly and re-pot this 'cutting, in sandy mix
to grow on into new plant. The old stem will make new
side-shoots which can be removed as
cuttings or left on the old
plant to grow into a multi stemmed specimen..
Good for: Excellent colourful foliage. The cordylines stand on their own, or mix well in the back of a container of indoor plants. No trouble.
Cordyline fruticosa glauca
The Plant: A compact form of Cordyline, with vivid emerald-green leaves. Interesting foliage plant.
Its needs: Good light helps maintain foliage colour. Reasonable air circulation but draught-free. Warmth and humidity essential. Mist leaves in hot weather, and clean gently with damp cloth. Pot in a mix of well-rotted organic matter and friable soil.
Care: Water regularly and well. Use a liquid manure feed once a month throughout the growing season. Spray leaves in hot weather. Watch for red spider mite. If plant becomes overgrown, carefully cut top out and re-pot the 'cutting' in sandy mix.
Good for: A calm, leafy lush plant. Easy to look after. Can be grown on its own or in an arrangement.