Cordyline Fruticosa Tango
An attractive palm type shrub or small tree with arching leaves, long and sword shaped. Cordylines can produce clusters of scented flowers in the summer. There are lots of varieties, some of which can grow to 8 meters tall. Pull off dead leaves as soon as they die to keep the plant looking good and to prevent disease. 'Tango' provides wonderful year round foliage colour. Put the plant in a bright, sunny spot.
Origin: native to New Zealand, eastern Australia, south-eastern Asia and Polynesia
Height: 3-10 metres (10-30 feet) or more
Light: Full sun to light shade
Water: Use rainwater, filtered water, or bottled water to water Red Sister because the plant is sensitive to fluoride and other chemicals typically found in tap water.
Temperature: C. Australis can tolerate temperatures of -5 but only if planted in a sheltered area. In coastal regions, it can cope well with temperatures as low as 1. More tender varieties will need to be protected in winter and kept at temperatures of 5-15°C.
Soil: These plants prefer fertile and well-drained soil. The soil’s pH should be between slightly acidic to neutral; a good range is 6.0 to 7.0.
Fertilizer: Choose either a 20-10-20 or 20-20-20 fertilizer with which to fertilize Cordyline twice a month during the growing season in summer and monthly during late spring and autumn. Do not fertilize at all during winter.