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A sad Cordyline.


By Adrian

stroud glos, United Kingdom Gb

We inherited it about 3 1/2 years ago when we moved here and I removed it from it's pot and placed it in the ground for a year, for which it did very well. I took it from it's site and tranplanted it to the new wanted home, about 6 months ago. I was told to tie the leaves upright as they had sagged as the plant had of course gone into shock. I recently untied them to reveal the same expected sag. A few of the upright ones are beginning to drop down now. I have been giving the plant some warm boiled water and have recently some fish blood & bone to help stimulate growth. The leaves are now beginning to yellow.
What I need to know ( I do understand that it will be a 50/50 chance of survival anyway ) is will it help totally removing all leaf to encourage growth or should I just leave it alone and hope for the best ?



i think you can chop some leaves back so it can p[ut more energy into its root system but dont cut them all off as it needs to catch the sun still.

3 Mar, 2009


I may be incorrect with my assumption of sag, but cordyline leaves are supposed to arch over. Only the ones which are new in the very centre stay upright, but as more grow they will arch over. Only ones which are brittle and brown or green ones which are split at the trunk should be removed. Rain water is better than sterile water, give it this Summer to recover, it is only the beginning of March after all. If you have any pictures of said cordyline, that would be great, then we can see what 'sag' means. It is probably sulking after being moved so much, I personally would have left it in a large pot with JI no3 instead of planting it and digging it up after only one year.

3 Mar, 2009



3 Mar, 2009


I hope the water was cooled boiled water and not warm. Plants don't like warm water.

5 Mar, 2009


they definatly dont like boiling water lol

5 Mar, 2009

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