'Red Star' features striking deep burgundy or maroon-colored leaves that add a touch of drama and elegance to any landscape or garden. The long, sword-shaped leaves form a dense rosette atop a single trunk, creating a fountain-like effect. As the plant matures, the lower leaves may drop, revealing the textured, woody trunk.
This variety is known for its ability to provide a focal point or add contrasting color to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether used as a specimen plant, in mixed borders, or as a container plant, Cordyline australis 'Red Star' adds a vibrant and tropical feel to its surroundings.
Cordyline australis 'Red Star' is a relatively low-maintenance plant. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-draining soil. While it can tolerate dry conditions, regular watering during dry spells will help maintain its best appearance. It is generally hardy but may require winter protection in colder climates.
Sunlight: Cordyline australis 'Red Star' thrives in full sun to partial shade. It requires at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day to maintain its best coloration. Avoid placing it in deep shade, as this can lead to leggy growth and less intense foliage color.
Soil: This plant prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Ensure the soil is moist but not waterlogged, as excessive moisture can cause root rot. If needed, amend the soil with compost or well-rotted manure to improve its fertility and drainage.
Watering: Cordyline australis 'Red Star' has moderate water requirements. Water the plant regularly during the growing season, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Reduce watering in winter or during periods of dormancy.
Fertilization: Feed your Cordyline australis 'Red Star' with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring to provide it with essential nutrients. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for proper application rates. Avoid overfertilization, as it can lead to excessive foliage growth with less intense coloration.
Pruning: Pruning is not typically required for Cordyline australis 'Red Star'. However, you can remove any dead or damaged leaves by cutting them back to the base of the plant. This helps maintain a neat appearance and promotes healthy growth.
Winter Protection: In colder climates, provide winter protection for your Cordyline australis 'Red Star' by covering it with a frost blanket or moving it indoors if possible. This helps protect the plant from freezing temperatures, which can damage or kill the foliage.
Pests and Diseases: Cordyline australis 'Red Star' is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for common garden pests such as aphids or spider mites. Treat any infestations promptly using organic insecticides or insecticidal soap.
By following these care tips, you can enjoy the vibrant foliage and striking presence of Cordyline australis 'Red Star' in your garden or landscape.
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- Plant Height (from floor)56cm
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