Houseplants forum: Cordyline Australis (?) discoloration on leaves.

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Faridat
Oct 23, 2017 7:04 AM CST
Hi there!
I bought this Cordyline a week ago and I am going to repot it. Is this a plant that needs a spacious pot or should I repot it in just a little bigger pot? Do I need to go for a special type of soil combo?
Also, I read that this plants loves the sun, but I noticed some spots on its leaves, what could these be? They are more noticeable day by day, spots that are in a different color than the normal copper color. And they seem to be on the leaves towards the center of the plant rather than the outer leaves.
Any information would be greatly appreciated!




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Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Oct 23, 2017 7:43 PM CST
Possibly sunburn? What conditions was it growing in wherever you purchased it from? If it was sheltered from direct sun, putting it in a sunny window would cause it to burn. These guys can normally handle a good amount of sun, but if previously grown in full shade (even bright shade), then it needs to be gradually acclimated to direct sunlight.

It could also just be stress from just being moved from its previous growing conditions to your current indoor conditions. Cordylines don’t necessarily make great indoor plants. They need higher light that outdoor provides.
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Faridat
Oct 23, 2017 9:10 PM CST
@Carter, the plant was under artificial light, so I think you are right on your thoughts. It might have been a problem of the plant needing to slowly acclimate. I will change its position into bright but indirect for some time and watch how it goes.Thank you for your answer! :)
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sallyg
Oct 28, 2017 5:54 AM CST
If you really want to repot right now (another stress factor on the plant) do so in a pot just a little bigger.
I have used similar plants in outdoor pots for summer, full hot sun.Twice I have pulled and potted them to bring in over winter, and they muddle along, and rebound in spring. So I think it can adapt to low light , limited water, but might not look as good as you hope.
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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Oct 30, 2017 3:35 AM CST
@sallyg, thank you for your answer! I think I am going to leave it in this pot, you are right, too much stress already for the plant. I can always repot in spring, I think it must be let alone now. Changes in light, changes in place, much going on. Will also follow your advice on watering!
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