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Cordyline or is it just an age thing?

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Well I’m over the moon.

My Cordyline is sending shoots up from the base of its trunk. I have had it probably a good 5/6 years and it was one of the first things I planted when we moved here 3 yrs ago.

Since then it has grown and grown.

This last winter though it suffered. I have never wrapped it even when I lived in Oxfordshire. But last winter was cold and I thought I had lost it. The top went brown and it has lost a lot of leaves.

But it has recovered, and started putting on lots of fresh new top growth. Today though I noticed it is also growing new shoots from its base. I am a assuming that this may have been caused by the cold winter and the plant is putting on it survival instinct.

Or is it just an age thing?

What ever the reason I am happy, and I look forward to a multi stemmed Cordyline.

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Some plants have dormant buds lower down, which don't usually break into growth, as 'reserve' in case the growing tip gets damaged. This may be what has happened with your codyline

28 Jul, 2009

 

Thays what I thought. The cold weather that we had this year/last year has given it a kick start.

28 Jul, 2009

 

You know, I cannot see your Cordyline on your pictures. Maybe I need better glasses, lol. But what you really should have done is cut all that dead bit, even go halfway the stem/trunk of it and just snap snap. It will then start shooting new life from the cut. I have done so many times when they become tall and straggly and lose their leaves. And indeed it does make shoots from its base, just coming from the roots. If you prune the Cordylines they become nice and bushy and will definitely flower too. Just browse through my pics or type in Cordyline, I've had green and red species. But there are many also multicoloured ones and very attractive too. The green ones like shady locations though. I hope to see a clear picture of yours, so I know we are talking about the same plants, lol.

29 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Marguerite it is in the middle of the left hand flower bed just to the back of the New Zealand Flax. It is a purple/red coloured one.

29 Jul, 2009

 

Hi - we've got 2 Cordylines in our v. small garden - both started in teeny weeny pots and both are now HUGE PALM TREES!
We have flowers growing out of the top of each every year & every so often my husband gets the ladder out & bravely climbs into them to trim them (his words - I'd call it hacking & slashing) - our neighbours always shout the same joke 'watch out for the python' & the cats & I try to pretend we're not waiting for him to fall! :))

30 Jul, 2009

 

Hi, I've got the same cordylines and they are each shooting about 20-30 new heads from the base. Does anyone know how I can get the new heads off without wrecking them? I'd like to spread them around my garden but they don't have any roots as they are connected to the stem of the original adult plant. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Kate

19 Oct, 2009

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