How To Revive a Dying Cordyline?

Cordylines are beautiful and eye-catching plants. They may give much-needed color to any indoor environment with their eye-catching colors and brilliant leaves. It’s simple to select a cordyline plant that will thrive in your home, but you must be certain that you can provide it with the correct environment.

Cordyline may grow both indoors and outdoors in the warmer climates. Your cordyline should only be an indoor houseplant, though, if you don’t reside in a warm, tropical area.

In order to provide the finest cordyline care, let me show you how to get these lovely plants into your home and make sure they thrive, and revive. Fortunately, they are rather simple to cultivate inside and will add color and interest to your collection of houseplants. Here I go!

Cordyline – What Does It Represent?

The Ti plant, also known as cordyline (Cordyline fruticosa), has leathery, spear-shaped leaves that come in a range of hues. The evergreen shrub’s leaves can be any color, including green, red, yellow, white, purple, or purplish-red. Early in the summer, certain cordyline plant kinds produce white, pink, or lavender blooms and berries.

Both indoor and outdoor environments are favorable for cordyline types. Although flowering is more probable in outdoor forms, cordyline can nevertheless occasionally produce blooms when grown indoors. Southeast Asia, eastern Australia, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands are home to the cordyline plant.

The optimal hardiness zone for cordyline, a tropical plant in the dracaena family, is where the average temperature is typically higher than 55°F. A highly sunny location is ideal for a cordyline plant indoor houseplant.

How To Revive a Dying Cordyline?

Identify What The Issue Might Be

Checking to see if your Cordyline plant is still alive is the first and perhaps most crucial step in the process of reviving it. Sadly, there are times when it’s easier said than done, particularly when the entire forest is covered in brown, wilting leaves. The roots, however, might still be alive even though the plant’s discolored leaves and dried branches may suggest otherwise.

There is hope for rebirth if you spot any living things or green color. Even if your Cordyline is well-established and has a long brown trunk, they frequently shoot from the base of the trunk and would be reasonably well-established again and looking excellent in a few years.

Get Rid of The Dead Sections

Even if removing the leaves off a dying plant could seem harsh. It is essential since the plant shouldn’t have to support any extra weight. Removing the dead areas not only improves the appearance of the plant, but it also makes room for new development. Depending on the thickness of the stem or leaves, use a knife or sharp secateurs to remove the dead leaves with your hands.

Remove Any Unhealthy or Dead Stems

To promote fresh, prodigious growth, cordyline stems must be pruned. The plant will still recover and establish new growth even when it is weak. To avoid infections, remove any dead or infected stems with precise, sanitized secateurs.

If you want to prevent the new growth from being exposed to pest and disease attacks as it grows next to the earth, you can severely prune the stem but leave it a few inches above the ground.

Give Your Cordyline the Right Nutrients

If your Cordyline isn’t getting enough nourishment, it can be dying. This is particularly true with potted plants because they can quickly deplete all of the nutrients and fertilizer in the compost.

Add some all-purpose fertilizer to the Cordylines as spring and summer approach to help them continue their recent growth. To prevent overwhelming a vulnerable plant with needless chemicals, the fertilizer should be organic.

Keep An Eye On Your Plant

It will take time to restore life to a dying Cordyline. In fact, it could take months, depending on the extent of the damage. Be patient, continue to feed the plant, and keep an eye on it to minimize any potential problems down the road.

Place the plant in a location that receives plenty of sunlight, keeping an eye out for pest and disease attacks, and treating the issue as soon as it manifests itself.

Types of Cordyline

Cordyline Fruticosa

This type of Cordyline features glossy, multicolored leaves that vary depending on the cultivar. The trunk, also known as Cordyline terminalis, grows straight up and can reach a height of 10 feet.

Cordyline Australis

The early summer blooming white flowers of the Red Star plant are surrounded by huge, pointed red leaves that form a circle. The Red Star Ti plant prefers partial sunlight as opposed to full sunlight, as well as a dry area with lower humidity than other cordyline species. The Red Star requires a very deep planting pot due to its lengthy tap root.

Cordyline Electric Pink

This cordyline species has stunning pink leaves that stand out in any garden. The leaves are tall and pointed. It is far more tolerant of colder temperatures and may survive in lows of 15°F.

Cordyline Pumilio

This New Zealand-grown cultivar, which is used to sweeten food, is also referred to by the common names dwarf cabbage tree and pygmy cabbage tree. It only reaches a height of 3 feet, has no trunk, and, to the untrained eye, appears to have grass-like green leaves.

Closing Words

Please take your time fixing the issue; this is where most folks fall short. Prior to deciding on your course of action, you must determine what is causing the plant to die. Before moving on to the next course of action, give each option enough time to work.

These are always the two things I would check into first because they are the most common causes of an unhealthy Cordyline, either from winter damage or from improper watering.

Further Reading

Okay, I’m sure that you want more, and that’s exactly what I’m going to give to you, more content to read! You can give it a read to the article about reviving different kinds of plants, such as reviving a plum tree, reviving a palm tree, or reviving a corn plant. 

Natalia Michalska

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