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Cordyline or Yucca. Can you tell the difference?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cordyline burns well when fully dried out for year. I have done it and I will be drying out more this year but they keep growing from seed in my garden.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a few people say how happy there are to be free of the cordylines in their garden...They were fed up of the mess and the fibrous leaves getting caught in the mower blades....

Here's a photo of a garden in the town.... they have some work to do I think....



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The way to tell Cordyline from Yucca in most area is that Yucca is still alive (they also have fabulous white flowers) and. frankly, the recycle bin is the best place for Cordyline. Just dont recycle it into your garden in the form of a new one.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-3DPVq993I
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

one thing you can say for cordyline leaves; they're great for getting garden fires going.

plus - that poor sod in the video above can't even afford matching gardening gloves. we should have a whiparound for him.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good one...

It's not all poverty though,

I have another pair of gloves just the same as the one in the video...

The old one's are the best folks Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what part of inishowen are you in? i've a good inishowen name myself; my dad is from carn.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just down the road in Buncrana....Here's a photo of the Swilly yesterday...

Once a year the tide is low enough to walk out onto the rocks called Carriag Cullion....



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:42 pm    Post subject: cordyline or yucca Reply with quote

My damn cordyline is alive and well whereas I lost a palm an orange and a lemon in the awful winter we got this year. The cordyline is about ten years old. I always pick off the dead leaves before they even fall on the ground and use them in the barbecue. Found out years ago they do not rot. Like never.

Someone asked the difference between yucca and coryline. I did not hear an answer. Did it get absorbed by the wet spongy trunk?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again walltoall,
I gave one answer above but the principal differences are the flower (spectacular in Yucca), the smaller size of Yucca, and the wickedly pointed leaves in the larger species of Yucca. (+ they are still alive)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone suggested using the leaves pulled into strips for tying the hazel rods together on the pea and bean frames...they take ages to rot down.....
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:24 pm    Post subject: cordyline or yucca Reply with quote

So it'll be easy to know the yucca this Summer because all the Cordylines (except mine AND a single son of same) got done by the awful cold. Thanks Vincent Dunne for the "heads up" on the immediate identification of the yucca by it's large and handsome flowers.

For Inishindie, Yes! cordyline leaves are constructed of extremely tough fibres and can indeed be made into very uselful twines and bindings. That is one of the reasons I 'harvest' my leaves beofre they even fall from the parent.

Loved your picture of Carraig Cullion BTW. So what IS the one day of the year when you can walk out to the rocks? Let me guess it's the low tide associated with the Harvest Moon. And that give or take 45mins it always happens at the same time of day. Would I be near enough if I said early Sept? lol

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:29 pm    Post subject: There's hope yet Reply with quote

There's hope for our cordyline yet.... New growth coming from the bottom of the trunk:)


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