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    Default Cutting down a Cordyline (dracaena palm)

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    We have a very tall cordyline in the garden, with one trunk about 18 - 20 ft high. The scent from the flowers has been wonderful this year but it would be great if they were a little lower.
    I've heard it's OK to cut the trunk down and new shoots should sprout from the cut or failing that from the base of the plans.
    My question is when is the best time to do the dastardly deed? I intend to leave the other slightly shorter trunk alone so if the worst comes to the worst we'll still have some palm left.

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    I moved this so it could be seen
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    Cordyline is the cabbage palm. Dracaena is the dragon tree.

    I know you can prune the dracaena, but dunno about the cordyline
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    If it IS dracaena, when can I cut it down - do I need to wait until next spring? Or could I do it imn the summer?

    What do you think?
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    I think it's a cordyline (they're hardy, dracaena are usually houseplants). Sorry, I don't know if you can chop it, I've not found out on the Net (no time to look, but you could Google "pruning cordyline")
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    Hi

    I have been contemplating the same as ours is growing right under the washing line and is becoming a hinderance. There is a guy at the end of the road who has done this twice to his and they come back thicker and bushier everytime (thinner leaves though?). He seems to put the hand saw through at the desired height and lets the palnt take care of the rest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave_norm_smith View Post
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    There is a guy at the end of the road who has done this twice to his and they come back thicker and bushier everytime (thinner leaves though?)!

    Dave
    That's what I've heard too - but I'm still not sure when to do the cutting! Have you noticed at what time of year your neighbour chops his?

    Many thanks

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    Hi Mary

    I can't say that I did to be honest, looking at the growth the other day I would maybe guess at either Autumn or March. If I happen to see them in the garden I will ask and let you know.


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