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Rooting Cordyline australis, How To?

Posted by Conroe_Joe 9a ( on
Wed, Jun 23, 04 at 17:33


I've got a small plant in my front yard, about 3 ft. tall. It is sending up 4 or 5 shoots from the base. I'd like to cut them off and root them, but am not quite sure how to proceed.

Has anyone rooted suckers from C. australis? I'm guessing the thing to do is clear off the lower leaves, apply some rootone, and then try rooting it in sand under a mist system or in a greenhouse?

Let me know if you have the secret.

Conroe Joe
10 inches of rain so far in June

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RE: Rooting Cordyline australis, How To?

  • Posted by Toba z10 (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 2, 04 at 21:38

I've been told that they take a long time to root if you just stick the cuttings in dirt. However if you take a long cutting, remove the leaves and lay the cane down sideways in the dirt, they should root from the nodes quickly.

RE: Rooting Cordyline australis, How To?

You might try air-layering also. Although I've never tried it myself, I think a cordyline would respond well to this method as long as you have enough of a "stalk" on these shoots.

(I suspect you know this, but air layering is where you cut a notch into the trunk, wrap moist sphagnum moss around it and seal with plastic wrap and tape. After roots form, it can be cut off and planted on its own. You could get way better info on how to do this by doing a search for "air layering".)

Anyway, the advantage I see is that the plant is still being fed by its original root as it's developing its new ones.

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