Cordyline fruticosa Glauca is an attractive plant, forming dense upright clusters of rich, deep green foliage. Ideal as a centrepiece houseplant whilst adding a touch of the tropics.
Cordyline develop similar to Dracaena (they are both members of the same family), with their lower leaves dying to encourage new growth as the plant develops.
An attractive and easy to grow houseplant. They are fairly hardy and don’t require a lot of water. They provide wonderful colour and foliage all year round. Also, a member of the Cordyline fruticosa group, which are used in Hawaii to make grass skirts.
In years past, Polynesians treated various ailments like muscle tension and chest congestion using this plant’s leaves. Today, ti plants are still planted around Hawaiian homes to induce good luck. They also make a fashion statement using the leaves for their hula skirts, sandals, and leis.
Great for spaces with partial shade patios
Great for spaces with medium indirect light
Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis
Temperature : Normal household temperatures are fine.
Lighting preference : Can live in medium light but performs better when exposed to bright light. Direct sun will burn leaves.
Irrigation of water : Use filtered, bottled, or tap water sitting 24 hours to release the chemicals and water enough that the water discharges out of the drainage holes. Once the water is fully drained, replace them into the cache or decorative pot. Keep the soil consistently moist but avoid overwatering as they can suffer from root rot. During winter months, reduce watering while they are in dormancy.
Humidity : The Glauca likes a high humidity .To have a long-lasting pleasure from this plant, you can spray it regularly . stand it on a tray filled with pebbles and water. As the water evaporates it will increase humidity around the plant. The lower leaves of Cordyline will naturally die back as the plant grows. These should be carefully removed, to maintain a tidy appearance.
Fertilization and feeding :Balanced Fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer months.
Soil : does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Toxicity : Toxic to pets if ingested.
Pot Size : It is best to repot a once every two years in a larger pot. The best period for repotting is spring or immediately after the plant has been purchased. A larger pot will stimulate growth and the advantage is a larger buffer soil so that the water is spread more and there is less chance of root rot. Always take a pot that is 20 to 25% larger and do not use Hydro pellets on the bottom of the pot. It is best to use a plastic insert cover for large pots.
Pruning : Don’t. Unless your plant is not meeting the dimensions of its intended space, you will not need to prune this plant. Older leaves, though, may yellow, and they can be pruned or snapped off. Brown tips can be trimmed off to the contour of the leaf.
Diseases : Watch out for white mealy bugs on the underside of the leaf. If found the leaves can be treated with insecticidal soap or a solution of rubbing alcohol and water.
Brown tips to the leaves are the result of a dry atmosphere, try giving you plant a good misting and water more regularly.
Over time the lower leaves will tend to dry up and turn brown, remove these to keep your plant looking tidy.
Air Purification : This plant filters airborne toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde and is part of our clean air plant collection.