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Cordaline worries

During the stripping back of our vastly overgrown garden we gave a mature Cordaline some space. It repaid us with two beautiful flowers this year. The neighbours say it’s the first time they’ve seen it flour. Unfortunately it’s not looking so good now. It has some white at the base which may be the cause. Looking at the picture can anyone suggest what the issue may be and how to fit it?  I’d hate to lose it. 


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,009
    That's how they grow. The lower leaves get manky, and you can just remove them. 
    The white could be anything really - possibly just some fungi or similar, unless you've piled up soil round the trunk? That can cause rotting.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • There was loads of stuff around the base mainly ivy and bracken. But also grass and various other large leaved plants. The white does looked dusty so I was thinking fungus. 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,954
    Now you've cleared around the base it should improve things, the fact that it flowered makes me think it must be happier  :)
    Fingers crossed for a reasonable Winter, l used to have a lovely Cordyline for years. The cold winter of (l think) 2010 finished it off like so many others.
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