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Cordyline Australis and Flowering

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    I have two Cordyline Australis in the front garden and what i'd like to know if possible when do you know when they're going to flower, as I have knew shoots on the stem of the one...the other already as a shoot growing and now my Cordyline Red Star as two new shoots at the bottom.

    I've noticed in the last two days that both centres of my Cordyline Australis are showing bare in the centre and the leaves have dropped to one side.

    Rooting on both plants

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    Rooting all the way around on this one

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    Are they ready to flower :what:

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    Hi @pete as you know about Palms so much could you advise me regarding mine please, I know they're not the same but any help will do mate :cheers:
     
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    What do you have Gail, I'll help if I can.
    Edit, sorry just seen your pics and post above.
     
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      Looking at them Gail, I'm not sure, but I tend to think the growing point is dead or at the very least, badly damaged.
      That is usually the reason for such a mass of new shoots forming at ground level, I dont think they are going to flower.

      The beast from the east could well have been the culprit, combination of hard frost and water in the crown.
      The ordinary green ones are definitely hardier than the named coloured leaf ones.
      It looks like the green one might be making a comeback, but the stem will always show a scar at that point from now on as the old leaves drop from that point.
      Not something that would bother me though, it's just more natural.:)
       
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        Hi Pete :thankyou: for taking the time to look at the pic's and if the weather as damaged them well that's nothing unusual look at my 7 bottle brushes I lost :sad:

        So really what your saying is the new shooting will grow...old carrying on dying off like they usually do and probably no flowering and to just see how they go :scratch:

        My Redstar as gone dry on the main leaves a bit but the centre ones still strong but that also as to new shoots at the bottom.

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          If it was me Gail, I'd leave well alone for the time being, see what happens.
          Perhaps take out some of those shoots at the base to leave just a couple at the moment.

          If the top does die off you can then cut the stem back to the new growth and either leave a couple of shoots or cut back to just one.

          You could leave all of them, but that way you would end up with a bug bush, not really the effect you want, I would guess.
           
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            Pete i'll give them another week/2wks to see how they go at the top and watch the bottom that as new shoots all around and I watched a video on how to cut the main stem yesterday.

            [​IMG] you've put my mind more at rest mate...as I panic about my plants sometimes :dbgrtmb:
             
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              @pete I forgot to ask you do you think I should remove the top leaves which are dead and when removing rooting from the bottom what's the best way please :what:...as clipping them away they will only grow back :scratch:
               
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              You can cut back any obviously dead leaves if you want to.

              As to the shoots around the base, they need to be cut very closely to the stem, completely removing the ones you dont want, along with that bump on the bark.
              Best done with a sharp knife or small fine saw if it is hard.

              For unwanted below ground shoots you need to dig around and find where they are coming from the stem under the ground, and cut off in a similar way.

              But I'd leave a couple on each plant for the time being as insurance, should the top die completely.
               
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                Pete i'm really pleased with your sound advice mate...the dead leaves will be removed tomorrow and the rooting i'll let my hubby do...I can't thank you enough :cheers:
                 
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                  Hi @pete sorted the cordyline out today all 3 of them...the lump you said to remove from the bark just came away easy and I cut out the shootings from the bark but left 3 on the largest one besides removing the dead leaves in the centre and the ones below which peel away easily but the large one had new shoots in the middle :snorky: but not the other one.

                  The supports for the stems are there because when we do have bad winds here they do force on the cordyline :)

                  Do I need to remove any more from the stems, as I removed what just can away loose.​

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                  You remove what you want to remove Gail, the reason I said to leave a couple was incase the top dies completely, you then have a replacement new stem already growing to which you can cut back to.
                  But wait till later now and see how things develop, if the top grows away strongly I would then cut away all basal shoots, but just give it some time.;)
                   
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                    Pete the one where the main shoots was took from, in the middle at the top there was new leaves hiding under the dead ones but in this one in the centre it looked hollow but it only as this one shooting.

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                    Looking at them in reality to pictures they look healthy, so as you've advised i'll leave well alone now and see how they go and if more shooting appear i'll take them away...:thankyou: mate for you help :cheers:
                     
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                      Hi @pete the dead leaves I removed from the middle of the two green ones where holes was showing...only new shoots of leaves are coming through, so there's hope yet mate :loll:
                       
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                        Hi @pete both my green cordyline are in great condition and roots still being removed :snorky:

                        My Cordyline "Red star" went bone dry and the leaves, so took your advice and the stem was half chopped :whistle:

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