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Cordyline Red Sensation brings a deep burgundy red to any home or container planting with long red, almost purplish blade-like foliage. It can be planted indoors or outdoors during the warmer months, perfect for container gardens or living rooms!
|Mature Height:||3 to 6 feet|
|Mature Width:||2 to 3 feet|
|Sunlight:||Full sun to filtered indirect light|
|Water Requirements:||Likes to stay evenly moist, let dry out between waterings|
|Uses:||Indoor ornamental houseplant; container gardens|
How to Care for Cordyline Red Sensation
Before bringing home your new Cordyline Red Sensation plant, be sure to read the recommended care instructions.
How much sun is best for Cordyline Red Sensation?
Cordyline plants are native to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. They thrive when they have lots of sunlight, but they will tolerate filtered light environments. We do not recommend a Cordyline Red Sensation plant for very low light or fluorescent light. These big red spikes are great for decorating a bright corner in a living room or kitchen.
What kind of soil should I use for my Cordyline Red Sensation?
Cordyline Red Sensation plants will do just fine in a variety of soils. If growing outside (zone 9 or warmer), you can set your Cordyline up for success by amending your native soil with a 50/50 mix of organic matter. This introduces nutrition to the soil when first planting your new plant, and it will help regulate the amount of moisture that stays near the root system. If growing inside, make sure your potting soil has enough drainage so that your Cordyline does not sit in water for too long. We recommend an organic soil such as Espoma Organic Potting Mix.
How much water does a Cordyline Red Sensation Plant need?
Cordyline Red Sensation Plants like to stay evenly moist in well draining soil. When planting outdoors (zone 9 or warmer), determine how well your native soil drains, so that you can establish the right watering routine. If you are planting indoors, choose a soil that has good water retention but is also well draining, so that there is never any excess water sitting around the roots. Sitting in too much water will cause root rot. You can amend the potting mix with a coarse sand or with bark chips from an orchid potting mix. If you are unsure whether it is time to water, check the top inch or so with your finger. If it is completely dry and no soil stick to your finger, you can water. If not, it is better to wait a few days.
What kind of fertilizer should I use with my Cordyline Red Sensation plant?
Cordyline plants planted outdoors (zone 9 or warmer) will do just fine with an evenly balanced fertilizer once or twice a year. The best times are early in the spring before the growing season, and in the summer. When growing your Cordyline Red Sensation indoors, it does not have the same access to natural nutrients, being limited to a container. We recommend a liquid fertilizer once a month, or a slow release granular fertilizer as often as the instructions say. Some slow release granular fertilizers need only be used a few times a year. Regardless, don't worry about fertilizing in the winter months, since your Cordyline Red Sensation will not be growing very much during that time. Even tropical plants have a natural dormancy cycle.
The purplish-red foliage of Cordyline Red Sensation remains upright and resembles a palm. These plants can grow up to 5 to 6 feet tall. As a house plant, it will typically reach up to 3 feet tall or so. Cordyline is an easy way to add a tropical feel to your decor.
Red Sensation cordyline makes a gorgeous accent in mixed seasonal planters on a patio or deck. The fabulous burgundy color of this cordyline blends well with warm or cool colors alike.
Red Sensation is slightly hardier than other varieties of cordyline. It can survive normal winter temps in zone 7 outside and is best planted in the full sun mixed perennial borders. When grown outdoors, it can develop sweet-scented flowers in late spring to summer. In their native habitat, these palm-like sub-tropical trees can get quite large, but they tend to develop a green hue to the leaves as they age.
Cordylines are often referred to as False Dracaenas or Grass palms. Red Sensation Cordyline is similar to the Cordyline Red Star plant except that its leaves are a bit wider and look more purple than Red Star. Local stores tend to sell these plants and red star as the same plant. While they are both Cordyline australis red varieties, there are subtle differences between the two varieties.
Planting Cordylines in Containers
When growing Cordyline Red Sensation in pots, they appreciate a rich, moist but well-drained premium potting soil such as Ocean Forest Potting Soil by Fox Farm. Cordyline plants do not like to remain soggy or wet. Poor drainage can be problematic, so make sure the container you choose has sufficient drainage holes.
Since Cordyline plants like deep soil, choose a tall pot. Make sure to choose a large container to allow for 2 to 3 years of growth before shifting up to a larger size container as cordylines do not like to be re-potted to often. This means your pot would be 6 inches or more in width than your plant's root ball if you will be planting other plants in the same container with your Cordyline up the container's size to allow additional room for the roots.