University of Illinois Extension

Cordyline

An architectural plant, these plants are nearly trunkless and have a symmetrical whorl of long, linear leaves. Leaf whorl and color varies with the species from narrow to broad and green to pink. They make a great focal point due to their linear, symmetrical appearance. Cordyline prefers full sun in fertile, well-drained soil. Keep soil evenly moist during the growing season. Bring the plants in before frost and grow them as a houseplant. Place where they get bright light and keep the soil a little on the dry side over the winter. During the summer, fertilize every two weeks; do not fertilize in the winter.

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