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'My Cordyline looks very sad after flowing last year'
This cordyline produced 3 very big flowers last year. As the flowers got bigger and bigger on each branch the surrounding leaves fell off, eventually just leaving a flower stem on each branch. See the photo below with 3 bare branches. Why does this happen? Is it caused by drought? This year the same same 3 branches did not produce any leaves. These branches are very long; What should I do with them? Should I just leave them? The 2 existing branches with leaves are now producing flowers. Should I cut these out now or just leave them? I'm afraid that if I leave them the whole cordyline may die. I would be very grateful for any useful advice.
Many thanks !!!

On plant Cordyline australis




I'd be inclined to remove the trunks which are not productive, in the case of the shorter one, back to where the lateral branch is, and the larger one back to wherever its coming from, or again to the junction of a lateral branch. It is true that sometimes Cordylines die once they've flowered, but not always - if you're worried, remove the flowering stems now - they're not that impressive as flowers go anyway, are they.

24 May, 2010

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