cordyline australis "red star" - Knowledgebase Question

Kensington, Ma
Question by annkavi
November 10, 2009
Hi there,
I brought this plant indoors for the winter hoping to save it from cold temps. They look great, but the bottom leaves look like they are drooping down and also they are discolored with spots. I am assuming they are dead/dying? Should I just them off? The top leaves look fine. Thanks.

Answer from NGA
November 10, 2009


Sounds like your plant is adjusting to its new environment. I'd allow the leaves to yellow and drop off on their own. As long as they are alive they are still providing the roots with energy to store. It isn't unusual for cordyline to drop its oldest (usually lowest) leaves and develop a bare stem. As long as there is healthy new growth at the top of the plant, it will continue to thrive. Enjoy your indoor garden!

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