Cordylines, do i have to protect them?

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Cordylines, do i have to protect them?

Post by eddie » Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:12 pm

Do you protect your Cordylines? I spray them as a precaution with anti-fungis stuff from Bayer once a week. I've got pretty much the same winter temps as our forum admin I think. I've had no frost yet. But maybe with all this water coming down they would like a roof over their heads?

I did not protect them last winter, one was undamaged and another lost his head. He grew back like a dozen or so new heads this summer :ahhh!:
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Re: Cordylines, do i have to protect them?

Post by bobbyd44 » Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:41 pm

i only have a couple and generally just tie them up to a point and leave them too it!!
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Re: Cordylines, do i have to protect them?

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:41 pm

They have not required protection here since the early 1990s but as we seem to be going into maybe a cooler winter phase we may need to on the odd occasion. It is only possible on smaller ones as my big one I can't even reach the leaves, let alone protect them :roll:

Any protection should be temporary. In the past I have tied a peice of plastic coated cable (disused mains cale) losely around the base or trunk. Then when cold weather is forecast you slide the cable up, gathering the leaves. Then depending on how cold they forecast wrap fleece around the outside. However you must unwrap and open the leaves as soon as the cold spell is over or you will encourage rot :wink:
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