Cordyline australis, commonly referred to as ‘Torbay or Cornish Cabbage Palm,’ is an exotic plant distinguished by its upright growth, dark green sword-like leaves, and clusters of white, fragrant flowers, making it a haven for bees. This article delves into the unique application of its dry brown leaves as an eco-friendly substitute for artificial garden ropes.
Cordyline australis long leaves
The Cordyline australis, distinguished by its long, slender leaves, offers a unique combination of thinness, flexibility, and strength. These qualities make its leaves adept at binding objects, finding utility in both traditional and survival scenarios. Explore five garden projects showcasing the effective use of Cordyline australis leaves as a substitute for garden ropes.
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How to prepare Cordyline australis leaves for garden rope
The long narrow leaves of Cordyline australis are perfect natural garden ropes.
As shown in the garden projects, you can also use them to tie garden plants, flowers, new shoots and any garden plant that needs tying.
Here is how to prepare the dry leaves to use as garden ropes.
- Collect the dry brown leaves.
- Soak them in water overnight.
- Strip each leaf into smaller (preferable) strands.
- Use the strands to tie plants.
To tie large objects, use a whole leaf or two. You can join the leaves together if you need a longer length.
An example is this DIY Garden Planter Box, instead of nails we used only Cordyline australis leaves to build it.
Many people in the Pacific and Southeast Asia use the leaves from palm trees, coconut and yacca plants and Cordyline fruticosa as ropes for tying plants.
They also use the long green leaves for arts and crafts.
However, the dry leaves are best for tying plants, flowers and shoots.
About Cordyline australis plant
Cordyline australis is an evergreen and hardy shrub, commonly known as ‘Torbay or Cornish Cabbage Palm’. The Cornish Cabbage plant has long leaves and palm-like stems. It produces a bunch of numerous tiny creamy white flowers in summer.
You can keep an individual plant (or keep it lower) by pruning the old plants and encouraging a new single plant to take over.
This exotic shrub is perfect for landscaping, planted as a standalone plant or centrepiece.
There are several cultivars of Cordyline australis ‘Cornish Cabbage Plants’, ranging from variegated leaves to green and burgundy red.
They are undemanding and low maintenance.
The three common cultivars of Cordyline australis Cabbage plants are
- Green Cordyline australis,
- Cordyline red star and
- Variegated Cordyline australis ‘Torbay Dazzler’.
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Do you know a garden plant like Cordyline australis?
The dried brown leaves of Cordyline australis, known as the ‘Cornish Cabbage Plant,’ serve as excellent eco-friendly alternatives to traditional garden ropes. In numerous garden projects, we have successfully utilized these leaves as demonstrated in the accompanying images. If you cultivate Cordyline australis, Cordyline fruticosa, or Yacca plants, consider trying these sustainable ropes. Share your experiences in the comments; we eagerly await your insights.