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Light levels from 2500-4500 ft-c are recommended for production resulting in a light acclimated plant ready for indoor environments.
Member of the Agavaceae (agave family).
Native from the Eastern Himalayas to China and the East Indies.
Related species include agave, yucca, tuberose, dracaena.
Plant classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
Leaves are sword-like, arching to 6 inches long.
Main stem jointed.
‘Baby Doll’ is probably the most common cultivar.
Chill sensitive, store above 50F. Storage/transport duration varies greatly among cultivars. For example, ‘Baby Doll’ can withstand up to 28 days of transport in the dark at 50-55F whereas ‘Dragon Tongue’ can only tolerate about half that time before quality is greatly reduced.
Cordyline: Greek for club, probably in reference to the thickened roots.
Many cultivars with colored foliage including various combinations of bronze, rose, purple, white and/or yellowish.
The agave family is important for fiber.
Mature stems cut into about six inch segments are sold as “logs”. These logs can then be planted and new plants will develop.
Will generally grow well in light levels bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort.