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sward93sward93 Posts: 7
edited September 2019 in Plants
How to pot Cordyline Charlie boy, and how best to care for it.


  • Really love this cordyline, it's really beautiful. Would appreciate any advice to allow it to mature. 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,410
    I have done a bit of a search for "Charlie Boy" as I hadn't heard of it before. The theory is that it's hardy down to -9 degrees c . Personally, if I was going to pot it, I would use a gritty compost to give good drainage. and in the winter make sure it's in a sheltered position, up against a house wall for example. If we get really cold weather it may be worth using horticultural fleece over it.
    It also depends where in the UK you are, also are you in a suburban area or more "in the country" ?
  • Firstly thanks for you reply, we note your advice. It is already in a big pot too heavy to move. Will add a bit more grit though as you have said. Pot has drainage at bottom, and on watering it runs onto slabs beneath. We covered soil with bark. Perhaps a bad idea eh? We reside by the coast and pot sits in centre of front garden, which can be windy. Snow and ice is seldom if at all. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,025
    Put the grit on as a mulch rather than the bark too. Keep it clear of the main stem/trunk.
    Don't overwater it either, especially if it's small.
    The size of your plant is also a factor in what care you give it. They mainly need well draining soil and a sunny site. They're ideal for coastal positions, but the wind will shred it a bit. That's fairly normal though. 
    If it's small, I'd keep it nearer the house to give it protection unitl it's bigger and better able to withstand the winds.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,410
    Sorry, l misunderstood your original question, when you asked "How to pot ?", l assumed you'd just bought it ! 
    I would add, if it's not already lifted off the ground,  if you are able to, either place it on "pot feet", or maybe a couple of bricks. Anything that helps any excess moisture drain away, and l would move the bark away slightly as it can retain the moisture around the area which may cause a problem. 
    It sounds a very impressive pot and plant combination  :)
  • Thank you, at moment it's about 40cm high in a centre placed lovely pot which we unfortunately are not able to move.  Could be repotted, but it would need to be dug up, a bit worried about doing that. 🤔

  • Thank you for your reply. Your misinterpretation is my fault, I was merely trying to identify and confirm we had potted it right. The pot is a big soft grey/green ceramic glazed bamboo design ,with a cream ridge round top. I love it. The cerise pink of the cordyline goes lovely with it. We will add more grit/gravel to top and take bark away.  Water is running onto sloping slabs and away. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,025
    How big is the pot, compared to the plant?
    Often, people over pot young plants, and it can be an issue if the rootball is then sitting in a large volume of wet compost over a period of time. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thank you, pot is about 50 ltr and plant height about 40 cm. The rim of the glazed pot intrudes over the soil slightly, which makes the removing of any mature plant difficult. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,025
    I can't visualise 50 litres, but I'd say that's a bit big for that plant. The rootball will be quite small in comparison. If it's not been in there very long, it would be easy enough to take out. You can then put it in a smaller pot and then inside the big one, surrounded by gravel etc to take up the space.

    Difficult to advise properly without seeing it though.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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