Cordyline fruticose is a bold houseplant with vibrantly coloured foliage. Also called “good luck plant”, it’s a perfect choice for adding a dash of style to any well-lit room in your home. The red edged leaves are attractive all year long. It’s the Perfect plant choice to add lush, tropical colour to any indoor environment.
Cordyline red edge does best in bright light. More intense color appears on the leaves with more light.
Handles dry and poor soil conditions but appreciates a good, rich well-drained potting mix.
Lightly fertilize with an organic liquid fertilizer during active growth.
High humidity is essential.
Temperatures between 18-27ºC are ideal, and no lower than 15ºC. Avoid cold drafts from near windows and doors.
Water the plant thoroughly twice a week. During the winter water less frequency. Make sure you have the plant placed in a pot which drains well to avoid causing root rot from waterlogged soil.
Colour – Low light intensity, high temperatures or too much fertilizer can cause this dullness. Increase light intensity, and reduce temperatures and fertilizer levels to improve colour.
Fungus – Several fungal diseases infect cordyline plants. Control fungus by keeping the leaves dry.
Insects – Fungus gnats, mealybugs, mites, scales and thrips can infest Cordyline plants. Organic pesticides are used to control mealybugs, mites, thrips, whiteflies and scales.