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Cordyline damaged leafs

Tiny01Tiny01 Posts: 72
Hi all ... 

I Purchased a couple of these today but noticed a few of the leafs  are damaged ( bit brown & droopy lol ! ) 
should I just leave them alone or would it be ok for me to cut them off just below the damaged part , I’d prefer the later as the wonky droopy leafs are not good for my ocd ha ha

Any any appreciated 👍



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  • yorkshireroseyorkshirerose North YorkshirePosts: 574
    You can cut off the brown tips, they tend to die back a bit at the end of summer and remove lower leaves if required.
    However as Winter is approaching it would be wise to protect the whole plant with horticultural fleece if it cannot be moved in to a greenhouse. Cordylines are susceptible to damage in low temperatures.

    If you are in any doubt about the brown leaves, why not return to the place where you purchased it. A good plant sales outlet should have staff who can help.
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    I can't see anything wrong with it. Perfectly normal  for evergreens of any kind to drop leaves, and Cordylines shed them as the trunk grows. Just remove the old, dead/dying ones carefully to keep the plant tidy.
    If you're in a milder part of the country there's no need to protect it. Wet cold is more of an issue for them than dry cold or frost. If it's going to be well below zero for a prolonged spell, you can fleece it, but as long as it's in the correct medium, ie light, well drained soil, it should be fine. As it's in a raised bed, that will also help.  :)
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  • Tiny01Tiny01 Posts: 72
    Thanks for the reply’s , it’s not so much the brown tips that were concerning me , there’s a couple of leaves that are broke in the middle of them , would it harm if I was to cut them off or just leave them alone ? 
    Living in the south east & a very sheltered garden hopefully won’t be to affected by the weather but will get some fleece just in case we have a prolonged cold spell 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    Just cut off any damaged ones right back at the main trunk. It won't harm the plant in any way.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Tiny01Tiny01 Posts: 72
    Fairygirl said:
    Just cut off any damaged ones right back at the main trunk. It won't harm the plant in any way.  :)
    Ah cool thanks Fairygirl I’ll do just that then :) 
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