S & J Nursery’s Guide to Growing
Compact Cordyline ‘Electra’
for the Northeast Florida Landscape
Cordyline terminalis ‘Electra’ Origins:
– Cordyline terminalis or Ti plants are members of the Agavaceae family
making them relatives of both Agave and Yucca plants.
– Cordyline termanalis is a highly colorful compact form cultivated for both
its attractive foliage and it’s neat and tidy 2-3 ft mature height making it easily fit into any landscape
Preferred Exposure of the Compact Cordyline Electra:
– Cordyline terminalis Electra can be planted in a full sun to partially
shaded location in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape. Best or brightest foliage
color will be achieved in a brighter sun location.
Foliage of the Cordyline termanalis ‘Electra’ Plant:
– Big bold foliage has a wide array of colors from cream, to dark purple, deep
purple black, and bright pink.
– Foliage may remain evergreen during the winter in our Northeast Florida area
gardens, but can go dormant and regrow from undamaged stems or from the roots the following spring depending on
winter conditions and temperature exposure. Cordyline plants are particularly responsive to their individual
planting location. When planted on the south side of the house away from north winds, or where receiving some
frost protection form larger trees or nearby buildings, Cordyline plants have been known to remain
evergreen in the roughest of winters here in North Florida.
Soil Preference / Salt tolerance of Cordyline terminalis ‘Electra’:
– Cordyline plants prefer moist but well draining soils that are rich in organic
matter so amend your planting hole generously when planting into our Northeast Florida landscapes.
– Poor salt tolerance.
Size Variance of the Compact Cordyline Electra Plant:
– Compact hybrid reaches only 3 ft high and 2ft wide!
– Expect this one to reach its full size potential around the second to third year
in the landscape.
– Although much more durable once established in the landscape, regular water is
necessary to get the plant rooted and growing on it’s own after being planted in the ground from an S & J
Nursery container. Water every day for the first week then every other day for the next week, and continue to
taper watering black to a minimum of once a week.
– Use supplemental irrigation once to twice a week after the plant is
established and growing in the landscape especially during the hot summer months. Cordyline plants have a
tendency to experience damage to the foliage during prolonged exposure to drought.
Best Use for the Compact Cordyline Electra Plant in the Jacksonville |
St. Augustine Area Landscapes :
– The compact habit and colorful foliage make Cordyline Electra perfect
for mixing among other flowering plants in the perennial border or container planting.
– Beautiful when planted in groupings around a palm tree, bird bath,
fountain or other garden accents.
– Easy care plant for containers on pool decks, patio areas, walkways, home
entry accents etc.
– Great indoor planting.
Care of Compact Cordyline Electra in the Northeast Florida Landscape:
– Amend the soil generously with compost at planting time to ensure that the
plant will have moist but well draining soils.
– If planting Cordyline into flood prone areas or areas that hold
water after heavy rains, be sure to plant them into an elevated mound of soil to let the roots get air
during storm season. just 4-6 inches above grade can keep your plants beautiful in these areas instead of
watching them suffer.
– Water every day during the establishment period after planting in the garden from
an S & J Nursery container.
-Trim off cold damaged foliage in spring after all danger of frost has passed.
Fertilize with a slow release garden food like Osmocote directly after spring pruning and again in summer. .