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Hi there, our Torquay Palm has just started to flower, and we have never seen this before. Therefore we are unsure what the best course of action is to keep our palm at it's best. If possible, we would like to keep our palm a single trunk palm, but we have heard that once flowered it becomes multi-trunked, is this true and can you prevent this from happening? by say cutting the flowered part off once finished flowering? Also, if you can cut off one of the multi-trunks, can you then plant the part you have cut off? Thankyou for any help you can give, Chris



Unfortunately the flower stalk terminates the growing point forcing it to branch. You could cut off all but one but you will have a kink in the stem as the new shoots appear from the side of the stem below the base of the flower stalk.

Their near relatives Draceana can certainly be propagated by this method however, I have not heard of Cordyline rooting well from a piece of stem.

31 May, 2010


The thicker the stem, the harder it is to start a cordyline from cuttings. Unfortunately, Torbay Palm is one of the thickest.

31 May, 2010

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