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How To Take Cuttings From Cordylines From Side Shoots and Suckers

How To Take Cuttings From Cordylines From Side Shoots and Suckers

Taking cuttings is the fastest and easiest way to propagate them, especially if you don’t want to wait the few years it takes to get a sizable plant from sowing seeds. Taking cuttings from the mother plant ensures that the new plants are the same as the mother plants whereas seeds don’t always come true to seed depending on the variety. This, in turn, will create uniformity in the garden instead of cultivating different varieties but for me, it means…

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How To Grow Cordyline Australis ‘Red Star’ and Care For Them

How To Grow Cordyline Australis ‘Red Star’ and Care For Them

Red cordylines are hard to miss not only because of their colour but an abundance of foliage. Cordyline australis a.k.a. Red star is one of many varieties of cordylines and is easily identified by long pointed red-bronze leaves in circular clusters. This variety also blooms in summer, displaying clusters of tiny white flowers that brighten up the garden space and attract pollinators. You can learn more about cordyline flowers here If you are ever curious about growing red cordylines, this…

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How Big Do Cordylines Grow and Height Management

How Big Do Cordylines Grow and Height Management

Depending on where you come from, you may be used to seeing a certain variety of cordylines. Did you know there are about 15 species of cordylines? There are cordylines that grow as tall as 5 meters tall, thats 16ft and dwarf varieties that thrive in pots thats grow to around 2-3ft tall. There are a few cordyline varieties that are better suited to the less tropical climates such as the UK and some parts of the Us where winters…

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How and When To Prune A Cordyline Australis

How and When To Prune A Cordyline Australis

The general structure of cordylines makes it challenging to prune them because most people are never quite sure where to cut them, especially for those who have never done it before plus you are worried about ruining the shape or worst killing it. With the foliage being the dominant feature, one might expect pruning only removes the leaves and removes the flowers, if you are lucky enough to get them, but that is not the whole process. Pruning cordylines is…

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How to grow a Cordyline. From planting to general care and even propagation

How to grow a Cordyline. From planting to general care and even propagation

Last updated on January 17th, 2022 An excellent outdoor and indoor plant depending on the variety you choose to grow. Cordylines are decorative shrubs (or small trees) with brightly coloured foliage. You have the hardier and usually more common green Cordyline australis, also commonly known as a cabbage palm, to the more exotic-looking Red Star and Torbay Dazzler. These are just a few varieties to name a few. Originally from New Zealand, they are very popular in both the US…

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What’s Eating My Lavatera leaves? 8 pests that could be snacking on your Lavatera

What’s Eating My Lavatera leaves? 8 pests that could be snacking on your Lavatera

Last updated on January 17th, 2022 Unlike diseases, pest attacks on Lavatera shrubs are easily identifiable because the damage shows up on the leaves or the flowers and if you are lucky, you may even see the pest actually snacking on the leaves of your Lavatera. In the cases of caterpillars and slugs, they leave holes in the leaves themselves, whereas pests such as scales will cause leaf discolouration and eventual defoliation. This is where the leaves actually fall from…

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Do Cordylines Flower? This is what you need to know

Do Cordylines Flower? This is what you need to know

Last updated on January 17th, 2022 Cordylines, more commonly known as Cabbage Palms, are typically grown for their striking foliage. This striking foliage comes in an array of colours, from the more common green variety that you will often spot in a neighbour’s garden to the more exotic looking Red Star, Torbay Dazzler and Pink Sunrise Cordylines. Many people don’t think these palm-looking plants produce flowers, but in actuality, they can. However, not all Cordyline varieties can produce flowers. Varieties…

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How to protect a Cordyline over the winter

How to protect a Cordyline over the winter

Last updated on January 17th, 2022 Cordylines are hardy plants that prefer tropical climates but they can also survive in dry and colder climates. These palm-type trees do not thrive in the cold, despite them being evergreen. In cold weather, when the temperatures start to drop and the risk of a prolonged hard frost is high, most Cordylines will need some kind of protection to ensure they can survive the winter. Winter protection is crucial as it prevents the plants…

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Growing Lavatera in Pots

Growing Lavatera in Pots

Last updated on December 16th, 2021 Subtle in appearance spotting elegant blooms, a Lavatera will draw cosmetic attention wherever they are placed. They possess abundant foliage that contrasts well with the bright blooms making them a garden favourite.   Are you curious about growing Lavatera in pots? Well, you have come to the right place! This article sheds light on when and how to grow these semi-evergreen plants in pots. You will also find tips on caring for your Lavatera…

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Pests and Diseases That Attack Lavatera Plants

Pests and Diseases That Attack Lavatera Plants

Last updated on January 10th, 2022 If you notice that your Lavatera shrub is discolouring or wilting, there is a high chance that they are suffering from disease or pest issues, the good news is that it is nearly always treatable. It is crucial to identify the culprit according to the symptoms displayed to employ a suitable treatment method. This is usually as simple as applying a pesticide for pests and fungicide for fungus infections such as Hollyhock rust and…

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