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04/07/2013 at 18:47

 In my garden I have a flowering cordyline and was wondering if anyone could give me any info in it? It's the first time I've seen it. 


04/07/2013 at 18:48


04/07/2013 at 18:49


04/07/2013 at 19:27

Hi Ritchie, nothing unusual its what they do when happy  .  I've not got one myself but have heard that you should leave the flowering spike on after it has finished - dont deadhead it.  Apparently dead heading stops the plant from flowering next year - not sure how true that is maybe someone on here will know a bit more.

04/07/2013 at 19:35

Hi Paula , well it's funny you should say that because there was a dead spike on the plant when I moved into the house and I took it off thinking it would come again. It's been 5 years and this will be the first time I get to see it flower. up bid I leave it this year you think it will come again next year again? 

04/07/2013 at 19:41

Just normal

04/07/2013 at 19:45

Apparently so Ritchie, leave it on and see what happens next year.  

20/10/2013 at 14:31

I've had a cordyline for many years — certainly 10.  Just this week, I've noticed that it's putting up its first ever flower spike — in October!

21/10/2013 at 09:47

are you sure it's a Cordyline leaves looks more simiar to the Phormiums that I have. I can't rmember who told me that they don't often flower in this country but mine have flowered every year so far. Striking flower spike.

21/10/2013 at 13:23

My Phormium flowering in June. It has never produced in the Autumn. I always cut the spike down when the flowers drop.

21/10/2013 at 13:51

Lovely plant Richie- but yes - that is a phormium!

I had one of the standard green NZ flax in a previous garden and it often flowered- but in summer as KEF says.

21/10/2013 at 14:46

As mentioned Ritchie, you have a Phormium tenax and not a Cordyline. You can leave the flowers to set seed and cut off the stalk when you feel like it. It produces lots of black glossy seeds that you can germinate. Take a good few years to bulk up, at first it looks like grass.

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