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  • Cutting down a Cordyline (dracaena palm)

    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum but please move it if so!

    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.

    Any advice will be gratefully received
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    I moved this so it could be seen
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    • #3
      Cordyline is the cabbage palm. Dracaena is the dragon tree.

      I know you can prune the dracaena, but dunno about the cordyline
      Last edited by Two_Sheds; 02-07-2010, 07:40 PM.
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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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")
          All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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          • #6
            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!

            Dave
            Fantasy reminds us that the soul is sane but the universe is wild and full of marvels

            http://thefrontyardblog.blogspot.com/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dave_norm_smith View Post
              Hi

              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

              Mary
              Wars against nations are fought to change maps; wars against poverty are fought to map change Muhammad Ali

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              • #8
                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.


                regards

                Dave
                Fantasy reminds us that the soul is sane but the universe is wild and full of marvels

                http://thefrontyardblog.blogspot.com/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dave_norm_smith View Post
                  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.


                  regards

                  Dave
                  Hi Dave,

                  Thanks so much. I'll be really interested to hear what they say.

                  Mary (aka GM)
                  Wars against nations are fought to change maps; wars against poverty are fought to map change Muhammad Ali

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