How to grow cordylines in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun to filtered light (depending on species). Prepare the planting area well by digging in compost and Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes. 
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the main stem.
  5. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.

     
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How to grow cordyline in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least twice the size of the selected plant. Position in the garden that receives full sun to filtered light (depending on species).
  2. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.
 

Growing tips

  • To keep the plant looking at its best, remove any of the older or damaged leaves.
  • Striking feature plant for pots or bordered areas to create tall contrasting colour and texture.
  • Cordylines can be pruned to keep compact and will reshoot with new stems

    There are many species available. Some include:

  • Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis)

This is the most common form of Cordyline grown in Australia and if left unpruned can grow to a maximum height of around 10 metres! This species can be grown in full sun to part shade and can tolerate some periods of drought, but it does prefer to have moist soils. This species is fairly cold tolerant, but does perform better in the warm temperate zones.   It is mainly grown for its strappy leaf form and trunked growth. Leaf colours range from Red, Burgandy, to purple leaves and verigated varieties are also available. These include:

  •     Red Senstation;
  •     Red Fountain (trunkless variety);
  •     ‘Variegata’(cream striped green leaves);
  •     ‘Albertii’ (cream-striped leaves with red midribs and margins) 

  • Cordyline (C. fruticosa)

            This species is suited to warm, tropical gardens or for indoor environments. They don’t like too much sun and prefer to be sheltered from the direct light, preferring the filtered sun aspect in the garden.  It is available in a range of colours from green, deep red or striped. Most varieties available come in a verigated form. 
 

  • Native Palm Lily (C. stricta)

            This species is native to the damp forests of Eastern Australia. This species is great for growing as an understory plant under the larger trees. It can be grown in full sun to shade and can handle some periods of drought, however it does prefer moist growing conditions. Best grown in the warm temperate zones as it does not like cold environments or frosts.  Leaves are strappy that have an arching pattern when sitting atop the large stems. The main feature for this plant is the pale violet flowers that present themselves in summer.


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