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All About Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotica’

Posted on December 12 2022

The Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotica’ has bold, striking leaves with pink, green, and white patterns. As an Asparagaceae family member, the ‘Exotica’ has easy care requirements. This plant can be enjoyed on porches during the summer and moved indoors during the winter or in colder climates.

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Exotica
    • About the Family: The Cordyline fruticosa is a member of the agavoideae family, so it is a relative of both Agave and Yucca plants.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Asparagaceae (Family), Cordyline (Genus),  Cordyline fruticosa (Species)
    • Hometown: The under-canopy of warm, humid rainforests of New Guinea and Southeast Asia.

    How to Care for Your Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotica’:

    • Watering: Water when the soil surface dries out.
    • Humidity: Average to high. 
    • Soil: Well-draining soil. 
    • Fertilizer: Fertilize every four weeks during the growing season. Do not fertilize during dormancy.
    • Environment: Keep your Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotica’ in bright, indirect light.
    • Propagation: The easiest method is division during repotting.
    • Toxicity: Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotica’ is toxic to dogs and cats.

    The Best Unboxing Practices:

    Properly caring for your newly unboxed Cordyline fruticosa for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
    • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Cordyline fruticosa until it exhibits the proper signs.
    • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
    • Lighting: Place your plant in filtered, medium direct light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotic’ to your desired location that fits its care needs afterward.

    What You’re Getting:

    • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 10” diameter plant approximately 36" tall. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

    What Makes Us Special:

    • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
    • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
    • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
    • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
    • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotica’, reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
    • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotica’ and possible resolutions.
    • Your Personal Plant-Care Resource: Do you love your new addition? We couldn’t be happier! Join our mailing list to receive exclusive offers, updates, and care tips.

    FAQ about Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotic’:

    • Can Cordyline fruticosa grow indoors? Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotic’ are common outdoor decorative plants that thrive in hardiness zones 9-12 but they also make excellent houseplants. When caring for these plants indoors they must be kept warm, and they need bright light.
    • Do Cordyline fruticosa grow well in pots? When growing in pots, Cordyline fruticosa ‘Exotic’ appreciates a rich, moist but well-drained high quality potting mix. Constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic so make sure the container has a drainage hole(s). Since Cordyline fruitcosa like to grow their roots down deep, choose a tall pot.
    • Why is my Cordyline fruitcosa turning brown? Raise the levels of humidity in your Cordyline fruitcosa’s environment. Watering your Cordyline with distilled  water consistently, especially during its growing season can also help avoid leaves turning brown.
    • Do Cordylines fruticosa like full sun? Warm and cool temperate Cordyline fruticosas prefer full-sun to part shade. In hot climates you can plant them in partial shade. 

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