Weak/Messy Cordyline Australis - HELP!
It's my first ever post, so please go easy on this newbie gardener
I've recently bought a cordyline (Approx 1.9mtrs height & 1.5m spread).
This as you can see from below photo, is pretty large:
The problem is that unlike most cordyline plants which have stiff spikey leaves, this one's leaves are dropping down like an umbrella and are extremely weak. The above photo to be honest is not showing the proper issue maybe due to the angle.
I don't like it at all and was wondering what I can do to
reshape the plant, so that the leaves look more erect/stiff like this:
Thanks very much for your help.
Give it some time and some TLC and it'll be fine.
Well to be honest, it's me who cut them, because they had broken during windy weather.
Would giving it more time, make it stronger and more spiky?
Also I want to reduce it's size/spread as it's overwhelming and ruining the look of the rest of the garden. How can I do this without ruining it?
IMHO for every nice specimen you see, there are 100 horrors.
You can't reduce the spread. That's the size of the foliage and if you trim them , they'll look awful. IMHO.
Offer it for sale on ebay, "buyer digs up and removes" would be my solution.
Just leave in the brightest position possible , the new leaves will be much stronger ; as it grows , just peel off the older thinner foliage (pull downwards)!
These always seem a bit of an anti-climax ; you would expect some flamboyant flower to emerge ; instead you get a greyish/white nondescript inflorescence resembling asparagus (of which it is the same family) .
Give a low-nitrogen feed during the summer months (MiracleGro is as good as any) to encourage strong greener growth .
What plant can you recommend that looks very grand and possibly is very colourful or produces lots of colourful flowers??
I don't really go for colourful flowers so I'm not much help here .
Maybe you ought to start a new thread for recommendations to your question .
There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this forum who would gladly help , sorry!