The Q&A Archives: Cordyline Red Sister

Question: I have a tree/bush (not sure which -- stands between five and six feet) outside my front door that needs trimming and want to be sure I don't harm the plant in doing so. At Home Depot this morn, I identified it as a Cordyline Red Sister. It has a branchy bloom coming from the top of each leafy branch -- my question is: if I cut that (each one seems to be drooping a bit), will I hurt it?

Answer: Wait until the inflorescence (flower) dies and then you can safely prune your cordyline. After flowering, cordylines tend to develop branches so the more it flowers, the more branches will develop. Pruning won't hurt your plant. Enjoy!

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