How To Propagate Cordyline: A Step-By-Step Guide

Cordyline is an evergreen plant that is native to New Zealand. It is popularly known for its stunning foliage and beautiful colors, making it a great addition to any indoor or outdoor space. Cordylines are low-maintenance plants and can be propagated easily through various methods.

In this blog post, we will discuss different techniques of propagating cordyline along with the necessary steps.

Propagation Techniques

There are three primary ways of propagating cordyline:

1. By seed
2. By stem cuttings
3. By division

Each method requires varying levels of skill and patience; however, all the steps mentioned in this article should make it easier for you to understand how to propagate your cordyline plant successfully.

Propagating Cordyline by Seed

To propagate cordylines by seed, gather fresh seeds from mature plants during their flowering season – autumn or early spring.

1. First off, prepare a well-draining potting mix.
2. Sow the seeds into the potting mix.
3. Cover the container with plastic wrap or lid.
4. Place it in a warm spot (temperature between 70°F-80°F) where it receives indirect sunlight.
5. Once germination starts watering lightly but frequently so as not to drown out young roots that emerge from under soil particles after two weeks on average.

It takes about six weeks for seedlings to sprout up above soil level once they get enough warmth and light exposure at all times until they reach maturity (approximately six months).

Propagating Cordyline by Stem Cuttings

Propagating cordylines by stem cuttings is another common method used among gardeners who love DIY propagation projects! This technique requires more attention than other methods since there’s no guarantee whether each cutting will produce roots or not.

1. Choose a healthy stem cutting.
2. Cut the stem at least 6 inches (15cm) long with clean and sterile shears.
3. Remove all leaves from the bottom half of the cutting
4. Dip it into rooting hormone powder – this will encourage root growth!
5. Place the cutting in well-draining soil and water thoroughly.

Once you see new root growth, transfer your cordyline to a larger pot or outdoors after one year of growth.

Propagating Cordyline by Division

This method is ideal for those who want to propagate their mature plant instantly! All you need is an established plant that has more than one central stem, and this process is similar to repotting plants.

1. Carefully remove your cordyline from its pot.
2. Gently separate multiple stems while ensuring each stem has enough roots attached.
3. Prepare individual containers with well-draining soil mixtures and add some compost on top for better nutrients absorption by young roots!
4.Start planting each divided section separately into individual pots, then water them adequately but avoid overwatering!

After propagating cordylines through division, keep them in bright but indirect sunlight until they establish firmly in their new environment.


Propagating cordylines might seem like a daunting task at first glance; however, once you understand how these techniques work – It’s effortless! With proper care and attention, your propagated cords can thrive successfully throughout many years ahead without much hassle – making it a great investment for any gardener out there!