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18/08/2013 at 13:10

My Cordyline rotted in the centre over the cold winter.  We left it in the pot at the bottom of the garden waiting to throw away. I noticed this week that it has several new shoots spouting from the top.  Have no idea what to do with them now.  Any advice? 

18/08/2013 at 19:16

Sprouting from the top of the pot?  Or from the top of the plant?  Cordylines are surprisingly hardy below ground and often regrow.  I would remove all but 3 shoots evenly spaced and allow them to form a vase shape

18/08/2013 at 20:32

I had one that did that - and I cut the shoots off at an angle (a bit like a heel cutting) and potted them up  Result - new plants from old, with much more vigour. 

18/08/2013 at 21:12

Yep, you can do that too.....just takes longer

19/08/2013 at 08:33

Yes is out of the top.  I will have a go at cutting them off & repotting.  Thanks for your replies 

19/08/2013 at 09:59

Good winter drainage is key. They are hardy down to -10C and root hardy down to perhaps -20C but only with good drainage. Most of the UK did not have a harsh winter last year, so I guess that your pot needs much better drainage to let the regrowth grow. It will take a good few years (5-10) to form a trunk though adding checken pellets etc can spur things along.

19/08/2013 at 12:17

I grow a lot of cordylines from seed,and they are very easy to grow.But as blairs says they do need good drainage and do take upto10 years to look at thier best.They do look good in the boarder at 3 yrs.I tried rapping the leaves one winter,but because they could not breath they just rotted off,but did sprout the following spring.

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