Gardening: Cordyline Propagation

January 9th, 2013 4 Comments

Cordyline Propagation (Log Cuttings)




Well my honey has done it again.  He’s given me another three ideas for this blog.  I wonder if he expects a raise now?  O_o  Lol.  I’m sure I can figure out something to compensate him with.  😀   So here is the second post (and apparently not the last) that my partner has helped me with.

Do you have cordylines in your garden?  Maybe you don’t, or you only have one.  These great little tips will help you multiply these pretty plants in no time.  Before you realize it, you’ll have more than you know what to do with.  🙂

Today I’ll tell you how to propagate using log cuttings, pieces from the stem of the plant.  It’s a lot easier than most people think.  To be honest I was amazed when my partner first showed me how this works.  Who knew life was so resourceful and resilient?  Well, I guess Mother Nature did, but that’s beside the point.

First go out and find the pretty plant you want to multiply.  Cut off the leafy head along with a long portion of the stem.


Take the cut plant inside and cut pieces off the stem at 7-8cm in length.

TIP:  If you are worried you won’t remember which way is up, cut the top of the pieces on an angle.


Then take your pieces and give them a gentle scrub.  This will help to remove any dirt or bugs off them, and keep them from getting mold or rot later on.


Once spick and span dip the tips in melted wax.  We use a double boil type of system for this as it seems to work the best, instead of trying to drip from a lit candle, which is not as easy as it sounds, trust me.  😉

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All you need to do then is put the waxed cutting in a container of water.  Fill the water only about 1/3 of the way up the stems.  Keep this container indoors for best results.


And wallah!  In about a week or so you have roots and in approximately 2-3 weeks you have new foliage!

Keep in mind though that this is in tropical weather of 30C or more.  If you live in a colder climate it will probably take longer.  😉


Enjoy your new plants!  I know I do!

Shameless plug of my husband’s Cordyline sales on eBay.  😀

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Do you wax both ends of the log?


    Yes you do. This helps prevent rot of the log. 🙂

Richard Portelli

Awesome little blog with pics and all! Thanks guys! 🙂


    Thanks so much Richard. I do try my best, but still learning. 😉