Cordyline — care at home
Cordyline belongs to the family of the agave.
The leaves are long with reddish or red-white stripes along the leaf, grow beam.
From dracaena distinguished by the presence of root suckers and white roots on the cut. There are several varieties.
Location and lighting
Likes light but no direct sunlight. Can grow in partial shade. Shade tolerance depends on the color of leaves than it brighter the more you need light.
Fits a normal room. Summer responds abundant, if be put to the open air or the balcony (not forgetting pritenyat from the bright sun). In winter, the undesirable reduction in temperature below 18 degrees.
Watering and humidity
In the warm season watering is carried out as the drying of the upper soil layer. Watering should be abundant and regular.
For the winter the amount of water is reduced, the earth should be slightly moist. The amount of watering depends on the plant species.
Angustifolia cordyline need a little less water than broadleaf trees.
Regularly fed complex fertilizer about 1 time per week during the spring-summer period. Less often in the winter – 1 per month.
Transplantation and propagation
Repot young plants annually in the spring. Adult specimens less frequently – every 2 – 3 years. The need for transplantation is determined by the filling roots, lumps of earth.
If the roots are tightly intertwined, get out of the pot, it’s time to transplant. The root system sorted out, remove the rotten and weak roots.
Land, make slightly acidic with addition of humus. Use 3 parts garden soil, part sand and peat.
Cordyline grows well with the use of hydroponics. Is transplant possible, use a careful replacement of the top layer of the substrate (suitable for adults large plants). It is easy to reproduce.
Use the dividing rhizomes, apical cuttings of the stems. The young plant can easily be separated when transplanting.
Cuttings root in a greenhouse, to accelerate use of plant hormone IAA or drug Kornevin. After cutting the tip, you can create a beautiful crown of several shoots.
Pests and diseases
In dry air easily turned on spider mites and scale insects. Sometimes a thrips. Excess moisture, especially at low temperatures, leads to rotting of the bottom of the stems. To save the plant by upgrading it, that is, to grow a new one from apical cuttings.
From lack of moisture on leaves, the formation of dry spots. Leaf Curling is observed at very low ambient temperatures.