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cordyline problem

Have a 4 feet cordyline and this year it has started to turn yellow and brown over the last couple of months, any idea how to fix before it is past saving.


  • No it's all the leaves, the new ones grow in as dark green and then start turning yellow with reddish brown spots. The lower leaves have now started to droop downand the upper leaves are still green for the last four inches beside the trunk.
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    It could be a nutrient deficiency or being too wet. Can you post a picture of it?

  • Hi there, thanks for the suggestions, have added a photo of the plant as my profile picture (could not see any other way). I have re-potted the plant and added more drainage to the container along with giving it a feed, time will tell.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    I was actually thinking the Cordyline could be too dry, especially if in a pot. They like well draining dampish soil. They grow massive in Ireland and up the west coast of the UK where it is wet.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Hi Scott- I'm in East Ren too! I don't grow Cordylines because of the hardiness issue but I do grow Irises, Phormiums and Sempervivums. Drainage is the key- the better it is the more likely they'll be to thrive. It's been very dry here as you'll know (water isn't something we usually go short of!) but I'm wondering if you've watered a bit too much to compensate. I rarely water my phormiums and they're in pots.  Getting it repotted with as much grit as you have soil is probably the best solution just now and watch it's not getting blasted by cold winds. image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    Cordylines are hardy in sheltered areas with good drainage.

    I grow them and up the Scottish coast to Ullapool they grow into tree size, just as they do in Southern coastal England.

    They do badly in exposed dry or exposed wet areas.

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