Cordylines and my visit to the tip
If you live in a tropical area of Australia, you may be familiar with the plant known as a Cordyline. It is a common plant seen in gardens and comes in many different varieties. They range in colour combinations from green to an almost burnt orange through to pink and maroon.
Because of their colour, spear/blade shape leaf and longevity once cut, their leaves are often used in floristry where they can be used to emphasise a shape of an arrangement or can be manipulated by rolling or folding to provide volume.
Cordylines do have flowers and although it is the leaves that are seen as the hero, the small flower spikes do provide a very interesting texture to a design.
I recently visited our local refuse station to drop off some green waste to only return with a trailer load of disgarded cordyline plants that had been left on a pile. I was feeling pretty pleased with myself as cordylines are relatively easy to propagate and I had the perfect spot for them which offered bright light but indirect sunlight.
It did not take me long to cut the slender trunks into different lengths from about 30 cm long. I then cleaned off some of the sad looking leaves from the lengths that had foliage and literally planted them straight into the ground by making a small hole in the soil before inserting to avoid damaging the end. And then topped this off with a good water.
If you try this at home, don’t get caught out as I did – when I cut the stems down I should have cut them on a slant to identify what end went into the ground!