A houseplant, resembling a Dracaena, from the Pacific region.
Common name : Cordyline
Scientific name : Cordyline spp.
Family : Agavaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Cordyline are common decorative plants that thrive outdoors in warm areas but also make excellent houseplants. They typically have leathery lance-shaped leaves with a variety of coloring including green, red, yellow, white, purple, and purplish-red. Some species bear fragrant, cuplike flowers followed by berries.
Care for these plants indoors is simple, but they must be kept warm and need a lot of light.
Plant preferably in may.
Cordyline needs a rich, well-drained potting mix. It needs bright light, but avoid direct sunlight for variegated or coloured species. Also, green-leaved cordyline tends to do best with direct light, while those with other colors of leaves may prefer bright indirect or filtered sunlight.
If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.
Water my cordyline
Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !
Shelter my cordyline
Bring your potted cordyline indoors in a well-lit room.
Put outside my cordyline
You can bring your potted cordyline outside for the season.
Protect my cordyline
Mulch your cordyline to protect it for the winter.
Repot my cordyline
Every year, scrap the mix for the first 5 centimeters and replace with compost. You might need to repot every 3 to 4 years.