Red sister plant care

Want color in the landscape? Cordyline fruticosa adds color to the landscape around your house whether planted inside growing as houseplants or outside in the garden.

It has about 27 species of plants known for their colorful foliage. Cordyline (Ti plant) comes from the Greek word kordyle, meaning club, and used to refer to enlarged rhizomes.

The leaf colors of the Hawaiian Ti plant range from glossy green to reddish purple to a combo of colors (red, purple, white, or yellow)!

The plant can produce red or yellowish flowers that put off a sweet fragrance. Cordyline plants are woody monocotyledonous flowering plants.

The trunk of this evergreen shrub looks almost “palm like”, usually not branched and can grow 10 feet and more.

Cordyline – Ti Plant Quick Growing Guide:

Family: Asparagaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia, presently eastern part of Australia, Hawaiian Islands, and many other islands of the Pacific.

Common Names: Hawaiian Ti plant, good luck plant, palm lily, cabbage tree

Uses: As a houseplant in areas with bright light. In the landscape as a potted plant or directly planted in the ground.

Height: 24 inches to 10′ foot tall
USDA Hardiness Zones: Grows outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zone 9 – 12
Flowers: red, pink or yellowish clustered sweet fragrant flowers
Foliage: pliable, brightly colored leaves, often with striping

Cordyline Plant Care Requirements: As a houseplant the ti plant does best in bright light. Outdoors bright light to full sun exposure and protected from wind. Handles dry and poor soil conditions but appreciates a good, rich well-drained soil inside or outside. Indoors lightly fertilize with a liquid 20-20-20 fertilizer 1/2 strength. Outdoors, apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer in the spring. DO NOT over-water. Temperatures below 45° degrees Fahrenheit may cause damage to leaves. Relatively pest free.
Miscellaneous: Approximately 27 “recognized” species and varieties. Many sports available. Propagate by cane cuttings.

Generally, Cordyline fructicosa (sometimes spelled fruiticosa) also know by the botanical name Cordyline terminals exhibit upright growth in shrub form with their unbranched trunk. But sometimes they grow in clumps by suckering from the enlarged tuber-like rhizomes.

Most of us are more familiar with the smaller version as a houseplant prior to the trunk fully developing.

The leaves as stated above come in a variety of colors. They are about 12 to 30 inches in length and about 4 to 6 inches in width.

The flowers the plant produces are ½ inch wide and grow in clusters in 12-inch panicles. The “fruit” comes in the form of berries red in color.

Indoors, Cordyline fruticosa grows as a smaller foliage houseplant. Outdoors, the plant grows as a specimen and accent shrubs.

Unknown cordyline varieties – Left in Palm Coast | Right at Disney World – EPCOT

Sports Of Cordylines

Most of the Ti leaf plant varieties we find in the landscape or used in flora arrangements originate with the species fruiticosa.

Here are a few of the more common varieties currently grown:

  • Cordyline fruticosa – glossy leaves that differ in color according to cultivar
  • C. ‘Red Sister’
  • C. ‘Schubert’
  • C. ‘Xerox’
  • C. ‘Peter Buck’
  • Cordyline terminalis
  • C. ‘Anti-lu’
  • C. ‘Black Magic Ti Plant’
  • C. ‘Pink Diamond’
  • C. ‘Bolero’
  • Cordyline Kiwi
  • C. Imperalis’ has pinkish red leaves
  • C. ‘Amabalis’ has leaves with pink and white spots
  • C. ‘Baptisii’ has leaves streaked with pink and yellow
  • C. ‘Hybrida’ has leaves with pink margins
  • C. ‘Tricolor’ has leaves with bold streaks of green, pink and creamy yellow
  • C. ‘Firebrand’ (a.k.a. ‘Red Dracaena’) has reddish purple leaves with paler veins. The more commonly known Dragon Tree plant’) is the more “red dracaena”
  • C. ‘Baby Ti’ has coppery leaf margins
  • C. ‘Hawaiian Bonsai’ has dark crimson leaves
  • C. ‘Margaret Story’ has leaves splashed with copper, red and pink colors

Origin

Cordyline fruticosa most believe the plant origin to be in the city of Papua, New Guinea and Southeast Asia.

It found itself transported through the Pacific Ocean area and the early Polynesians used the rhizomes of the Ti plant as a starchy food source.

NOTE: Dracaena fragrans are sometimes sold as Ti plants but with bright green leaves.

At present, this plant grows in the eastern part of Australia, the Hawaiian Islands, and many other islands of the Pacific.

Cordyline Care And Growing Conditions Required

Ti plants grow well in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 – 12. This plant does not like 55 degrees and below in temperatures.

This plant likes partial shade to almost full sun. When in full-sun the plant requires more frequent watering.

If grown as a houseplant, place in a bright spot but no direct sunlight.

Allow the soil to dry out between watering. Keep air humid (especially indoors) – mist every so often.

Plant propagate easily from stem cuttings. Take a stem from a mature plant and cut it into approximately 3″ to 5″ inch sections.

Remove all leaves and place the cuttings on a layer of sand. This needs heat from the bottom.

The stem’s eyes will grow into shoots. When shoots have about 4 to 6 leaves place in potting soil.

Large Ti plant in large pot Legoland, Orlando Florida Sept 2016

Other Uses Of Hawaiian Tea Plant

In addition to being a magnificent ornamental plant, parts of the plant are known for their staple value.

The rhizomes, for instance, are high in starch. Most feng shui experts believe that Cordyline fruticosa brings good luck to its owner.

Personal Story of the Ti Plant Black Magic

I’ve been blessed over the years to personally met and become friends with some extraordinary plant people – growers, collectors and landscapers.

One was Jim Talley and amazing landscape designer. Jim had a gift of being able to see a plant(s) or rock and how it naturally fit like a glove in the landscape. The stories I could tell.

Back in the early 1970’s, Jim shared with me this story of Cordyline “Black Magic.”

Back then we always called this “Cordyline Dracaena” – Costa Rican “Black”. It became Jim’s “signature plant” he incorporated into all of his landscape projects.

Costa Rican “Black” was and is a spectacular landscape plant. Long, large leaves (36″ inches 5″-6″ inches wide), emerging green and turning to a deep burgundy, maroon red leaves which look black from a distance. An upright plant reaching 10′-12′ foot tall.

Black is not a color we think of used in the landscape much but it is a show stopper.

Jim traveled to Costa Rica often searching for new plants. Plants he could plant in his field nursery and use on landscape jobs.

Costa Rican “Black” was a “discovery” of his… or so the legend goes.

Traveling through the back roads, visiting small towns or villages in Costa Rica, Jim came upon a hedge about 150 feet long of Costa Rican “Black.” The plant stopped him in his tracks.

Unfortunately, he did not have time to get some cuttings to bring home. He knew he would be back in about 6 weeks, and planned to get some cuttings then.

On his return, the entire stand of Costa Rican “Black” was gone. Cut to the ground, roots gone to make the road wider. Jim searched and searched for a cutting and found a small “piece of cane” which he brought back to propagate.

That small piece of Costa Rican “Black” cane was the beginning of Jim’s landscape signature. It was and is a one of a kind plant.

Jim passed a few years ago along with a wealth of landscape design and plant knowledge passed as well. But his signature plant lives on in – Costa Rican “Black.”

Other Popular Cordyline Plant Varieties

Cordyline pumilio (Dwarf cabbage tree)

By Kahuroa – Own work, Public Domain commons.wikimedia.org

Cordyline pumilio (Latin for “dwarf”) is known as the Dwarf cabbage tree, Pygmy cabbage tree, Ti koraha or Ti rauriki originates in New Zealand. It’s dwarf habit makes it the smallest of the five Cordyline species which call New Zealand home.

Reaching a height of roughly 3′ feet tall, it seldom forms any type of trunk. First time encounters mistakenly gaze upon long narrow leaves of Cordyline pumilio and assume it is a grass. Grown primarily as a food crop and used by the Maori to sweeten foods.

Cordyline australis “Red Star”

This variety gives great offer great texture and color with sword like burgundy red leaves.

Red Star cordyline looks amazing planted in large patio containers and its upright leaves organized in a spherical fan-like arrangement makes it have a sophisticated look.

Plant red Ti plant in large decorative patio container planted alone or surrounded by bright flowering perennials like Lavender, Mexican Heather, Verbena, Lantana, Canna and silver foliage or as a landscape focal point.

  • Over time “Red Star” will develop a trunk, but treat as an annual in cold areas.
  • In early summer stems of fragrant white flower appear.
  • Grows in partial to full sunlight outside in USDA Hardiness zones 9-11
  • Used in the landscape along poolsides, in containers or border accents. Works well in minimalist landscape. Plant alone with decorative rock makes a beautiful statement.
  • Easy Care

Cordyline Red Star – Palm Coast, Florida July 2019

Cordyline Red Star prefers dry summer conditions and low humidity. In the hotter inland gardens, some partial shade protection might be necessary.

When planting in containers, to accommodate the plant’s long tap root, it is advisable to use a deep container. If growing indoors place “Red Star” next to the brightest window.

Rarely affected by diseases or insects Hawaiian Ti’s do encounter some pests such as scale insects, mealybugs where leaves meet stems, and spider mites on leaf undersides can cause a problem. To treat get rid of pests spray your plants with insecticidal soap spray every 7 to 10 days.

Cordyline Electric Pink

Electric Pink lights up the landscape with vertical, vivid pink leaves that make an outstanding statement. This makes “Electric Pink” an in demandin-demandr its application in landscaping for garden planting as well as a focal plant in patio containers.

Cordyline Electric Pink from Monrovia Nursery via Pinterest

The plant offers year round color especially in winterized gardens when the color intensifies.

Cordyline Electric Pink PP #19,213 via Pinterest

Once properly established after planting, it is highly tolerant to extreme temperatures.

The tallest plants measured of ‘Electric Pink’ show considerable branching at a heath of about 8 feet tall.

Electric Pink flourishes in direct sun, this also enhances the leaves color but plants grow well in light partial shade.

It does best in a well-drained soil, fairly drought tolerant in coastal gardens and regular irrigation produces more lush planting. Hardy to around 15° F, growing well in USDA zones 9-10 and generally a reliable plant. Some mealybug infestations seem to cause growth tip damage.

Electric Pink originates from a mutation of species banksii and received US Plant Patent PP19,213 in September 2008.

Cordyline Red Sensation

Red Sensation resembles some species of yucca plants with its sword-like, deep purple-burgundy leaves and white flowers in spring. It is a truly stunning plant that grows well in pots if you cannot to grow it outdoors all year round.

Use Red Sensation as a houseplant or even as a shrub in a garden setting since it can reach an appreciable size as a full grown tree.

Cordyline Red Sensation via Pinterest

Red Sensation is low maintenance and requires good light to retain its color. It does well in properly drained soil and can tolerate alkaline soils. You should never let it dry out but you should reduce the watering in the winter. Cordyline Red Sensation has a preference for full sun but still does well in semi-shade.

Best in full sun to partial shade. Drought tolerant, likes occasional to regular irrigation. Offers a tropical look in dry gardens and makes a great container plant. Hardy to around 15° F.

Looks similar to Red Star but definitely different plants. Compared to ‘Red Star’ this cultivar has slightly wider leaves that are more purple (less red) and have a more green venation (especially prominent on older leaves).

Cordyline Red Sisters Plant

Red Sister Cordyline known as Hawaiian Ti or Red Ti. You’ll find this tropical perennial shrub commonly used for ornamental purposes achieving a height of 6 – 10 feet. It is best known for its distinctive bronze-green and burgundy pink foliage.

Cordyline Red Sister via Pinterest

The Red Sister plant prefers warm temperatures and bright sunlight for proper growth. It requires regular watering and moist soil with regular fertilizing every 3 months.

Outdoors, it grows in moist soil and partial shade to partial sun conditions for the perfect foliage condition.

You should protect it from light and heat reflected off asphalt and sidewalks. If you want its leaves to have a fresher and slightly glossy complexion, humidity will be necessary.

Add Burgundy To Containers Or Landscape With Cordylines

From tesselaar.com

Cordylines have long been used in the landscape. In recent years they’ve enjoyed somewhat of a revival in not only their use but also the introduction of new varieties. One of these new Ti plant varieties is cordyline “Festival Burgundy.”

Stunning Burgundy strap-like leaves (which I am a fan of), wonderful dark shiny color, make it stand out in any garden planting or mixed container.

It’s round bush shaped form and beautiful cascading foliage makes it versatile for the garden but really stands out when planted in large display pots.

Unique from other Cordylines, Festival™ Burgundy branches from the base to form short, multiple stems which spread from the base to create a sturdy low-growing grass plant, no more than 3 feet tall.

Easy-care, compact and bushy make it an attractive addition to the landscape color pallet and a wonderful new plant for your container gardens.

Growing Cordylines: Care Question & Answers

Hawaiian Ti Plant Leaves Turning Yellow Dropping?

Question: Why do the leaves on my four-year-old Hawaiian ti turn yellow and drop? It receives sunlight and plant food. Caleb, Indiana

Answer: The Ti-plant requires warm, moist growing conditions and light, well-drained soil. While it requires soil that drains quickly it also needs frequent and regular watering.

Water standing at the roots, too dry soil, or excessively dry air will cause the leaves to yellow. See that free water drains away, water often and give small doses of liquid fertilizer high in nitrogen about once a month.

Below is a list of 27 Cordyline species or varieties recognized by The World Checklist of Selected Plant Families at Kew as of August 31, 2017.

  • Cordyline Comm. – 1810
  • Cordyline angustissima – 1905
  • Cordyline australis – 1833
  • Cordyline banksii – 1860
  • Cordyline cannifolia – 1810
  • Cordyline casanovae – 1874
  • Cordyline congesta – 1840
  • Cordyline forbesii – 1923
  • Cordyline fruticosa – 1919
  • Cordyline × gibbingsiae – 1929
  • Cordyline indivisa – 1836
  • Cordyline lateralis – 1913
  • Cordyline ledermannii – 1925
  • Cordyline manners-suttoniae – 1866
  • Cordyline × matthewsii – 1927
  • Cordyline mauritiana – 1918
  • Cordyline minutiflora – 1916
  • Cordyline murchisoniae – 1866
  • Cordyline neocaledonica – 1893
  • Cordyline obtecta – 1875
  • Cordyline petiolaris – 1986
  • Cordyline pumilio – 1860
  • Cordyline racemosa – 1916
  • Cordyline rubra – 1848
  • Cordyline schlechteri – 1913
  • Cordyline sellowiana – 1850
  • Cordyline stricta – 1836

Image: source

Outdoor Ti Plant Care: Learn About Growing Ti Plants Outdoors

With common names like miracle plant, tree of kings, and Hawaiian good luck plant, it makes sense that Hawaiian Ti plants have become such popular accent plants for the home. Most of us welcome all the good luck we can get. However, Ti plants are not just grown for their positive folk names; their unique, dramatic foliage speaks for itself.

This same eye-catching, evergreen foliage can be an excellent accent in the outdoor landscape as well. With such a tropical looking plant, many people skeptically question, “can you grow Ti plants outside?” Continue reading to learn about growing Ti plants in the landscape.

Can You Grow Ti Plants Outside?

Native to Eastern Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, Ti plants (Cordyline fruticosa and Cordyline terminalis) are hardy in U.S. hardiness zones 10-12. While they can handle a brief chill down to 30 F. (-1 C.), they grow best where temperatures stay in a steady range between 65 and 95 F. (18-35 C.).

In cooler climates, they should be grown in pots which can be taken indoors through winter. Ti plants are extremely heat tolerant; however, they cannot handle drought. They grow best in a moist location with partial shade, but can handle full sun to dense shade. For the best foliage display, light filtered shade is recommended.

Ti plants are mostly grown for their colorful, evergreen foliage. Depending on variety, this foliage may be a dark glossy green, deep glossy red or have variegations of green, white, pink and red. Variety names such as, ‘Firebrand,’ ‘Painter’s Palette’ and ‘Oahu Rainbow’ describe their outstanding foliage displays.

Ti plants can grow up to 10 feet (3 m.) tall and are usually 3-4 feet (1 m.) wide at maturity. In the landscape, they are used as specimen, accent and foundation plants, as well as privacy hedges or screens.

Care of Outdoor Ti Plants

Ti plants grow best in slightly acidic soil. This soil should also be consistently moist, as Ti plants require a lot of moisture and cannot survive drought. However, if the site is too shady and soggy, Ti plants may be susceptible to root and stem rot, snail and slug damage, as well as leaf spot. Ti plants also do not tolerate salt spray.

Outdoor Ti plants can easily be propagated by simple layering or divisions. Care of outdoor Ti plants is as simple as regularly watering them, applying a general purpose 20-10-20 fertilizer every three to four months, and regular trimming of dead or diseased foliage. Ti plants can be cut right back to the ground if pests or disease have become a problem. Common pests of outdoor Ti plants include:

  • Scale
  • Aphids
  • Mealybugs
  • Nematodes
  • Thrips

Ti Plant

Grow ti plant in a high-light situation. In most areas, this colorful houseplant can take direct sun on the leaves when grown indoors. It doesn’t like low-light spots, unfortunately. When this colorful plant doesn’t get enough light, you’ll see the leaves show less variegation and more green.
Water ti plant when the soil surface starts to dry — around the time the top inch or two of the potting mix dries to the touch is best. The plant is fairly drought tolerant, but the leaf tips may develop some browning if the plant stays too dry for too long.
Like many tropical houseplants, ti plant appreciates the high relative humidity of its native range. It tolerates the humidity levels in the typical home pretty well, but if your home’s air is on the dry side, it’s helpful to boost humidity around your ti plant.
Indoors, ti plant is slow growing, so the only pruning that should be necessary is to remove old leaves as age and turn yellow.
Ti plant is more sensitive to excess fluoride than most houseplants; if your water supply has too much of this mineral for the plant, you may notice the edges of the leaves go brown and crispy prematurely. In severe cases, or after long periods of exposure, the entire leaf will go brown early. If your water has high fluoride levels, dilute it with rainwater, distilled water, or filtered water.
Tropical ti plant is not intended for human or animal consumption.

In the depths of a snowy winter, you may find yourself daydreaming of warm tropical places.

While sitting at your office desk in front of a glowing computer screen, maybe you’re stopping work for a few moments, just long enough for your Hawaiian screen saver to pop up and whisk you away. (Until that annoying coworker asks why you’re just sitting there doing nothing.)

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to have a bit of that tropical brightness in your own living room to help you through those vacation withdrawal periods? What you need is a Cordyline fruticosa, best known as an Hawaiian Ti Plant.

These beautiful, versatile plants will yank you out of your winter doldrums and have you basking in the sun of your own (imaginary) tropical holiday.

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Ti Plant Overview

Common Name(s) Hawaiian ti plant
Scientific Name Cordyline fruticosa
Family Asparagaceae
Origin Southeast asia and the pacific,
Height Up to 10 feet
Light Full-partial sun
Water Average-heavy
Temperature 60-80°F
Humidity Average
Soil Well drained
Fertilizer Balanced, avarge
Propagation Cutting or seeds
Pests Fungus, gnats

The ti plant was first brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. It can be found in tropical Southeast Asia and Pacific wetlands. The number of ways the leaves can be used is staggering: roof thatching, food wrapping, clothing like skirts and sandals, cattle feed, dishes, medicine, liquor, even sleds for kids! ( I wouldn’t mind giving the liquor they call Okolehao a taste.)

Hawaiians plant ti around their homes for good luck, for the leaves are sometimes worn to scare off the oogie-boogies and attract the good spirits. Sacred to the god Lono and the goddess Laka, the leaves are still used in spiritual ceremonies and rituals today.

Ti Plant Varieties

There are many different choices when it comes to ti plants. If you like things a little more passionate, try a red ti plant like “Red Sister.” Those who prefer a brighter green might like the “Candy Cane” with pink and white accents. Want to indulge your darker side? Maybe a deep purple “Black Mystique” will suit you. Or bring out your happy morning person attitude with “Morning Sunshine,” a golden pink type. Other types to give a gander include “Hawaiian Boy,” “Maria,” and “Florida.”

Black Mystique Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa ‘Black Mystique’

Grows 4-8′ tall, 3-5′ wide and excels both indoors and outside in partial sun or shade.

Candy Cane Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa ‘Candy Cane’

Unique striped hot pink and green variety that starkly contrasts the classic ti plant varieties.

Florida Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa ‘Florida Red’

A lighter version of ‘Black Mystique’, Florida has flecks and strips of darker purple and red instead of more flaming hot pink stripes.

Hawaiian Boy Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa ‘Hawaiian Boy’

A vibrant and eye-popping red and purple variety that makes a statement in any home or yard.

Maria Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa ‘Maria’

Deep purple leaves with extremely bright pink flecking and stripes within them. Nice contrast.

Morning Sunshine Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa ‘Morning Sunshine’

One of the most unique varieties as it’s very light. Green leaves are striped with white, yellow, and pink.

Red Sister Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa ‘Red Sister’

A vibrant reddish-pink that looks almost fluorescent in its brightness.

Hawaiian Ti Plant Care

If you are lucky enough to live in a tropical place already (and please forgive me if my jealous side flares every once in a while), you could use this plant in your landscaping. For the rest of us, it’s best to keep this one as a houseplant where you can control the conditions better. Here are some tips for keeping these gorgeous show-offs colorful and healthy.

When planted outside, find a spot where it will get at least four to six hours of sunlight. Inside, it won’t need as much sun, so place it about three to five feet away from a window. Make sure it is nowhere near a vent or a drafty area to prevent drying out.

Water

The Hawaiian ti plant likes it humid, so keep the earth moist (not flooded) and consider spritzing the leaves with water each day as well. How often and how much you water depends on you and your schedule. Consider watering earlier or later in the day so it doesn’t evaporate so quick. Just don’t let it go dry and you should be fine. Dropping leaves is a sign that you need to increase your plant’s happy hour times. If you have trouble with moisture levels, try setting the container on a plate of gravel with a little water to increase humidity.

Soil

I can hear all you plant lovers saying this with me: well-draining soil. Yes, even a tropical plant that adores humidity like this one still needs well-draining soil to live a happy life. In your outdoor garden, completely clear away (roots and all) any grass or weeds that might steal nutrients from your ti plant. Work a little peat moss and perlite into the tilled soil to improve the drainage, especially if you have heavy clay earth.

If the leaves are browning a bit, you might want to add the tiniest bit of diluted fertilizer. Whatever kind you choose, make sure you use some distance when adding it. Keep it away from the leaves and stems to prevent burning.

The size of the pot will determine whether you have a three-foot plant or a ten-foot plant. Start off smaller and gradually increase the pot size until your plant reaches the desired height. Make a hole in the dirt twice the size of the root ball, then place some loose dirt in the bottom before inserting the plant. Fill in around the roots with soil, pressing down around it when filled. Give it a good drink of water when finished.

Ti plant pruning is quite easy. Feel free to trim off discolored and damaged leaves any time of year to keep your plant neat and tidy. If your plants are getting leggy, you can prune the what you don’t like during the growing season to approximately 12 inches above dirt. You may notice some branching out happening around the cut later, so you can use this to control for overall size.

You can take cuttings and plant the canes in pots of sand combined with your choice of vermiculite, peat moss, or perlite. Another method involves putting the canes in one inch of water with a bit of fertilizer if you want to speed things up. Change the water every once in a while so the root beginnings don’t rot. Before the roots get long enough to break easily, plant the cane outdoors or in a container with potting soil, sand, and either vermiculite, peat moss, or perlite.

For seeds, you can plant the berries in containers with the above-mentioned soil mixtures kept moist. If you squeeze the berries slightly before planting, you might get faster germination. When the seedlings have grown a few inches, transplant each to its own pot.

Problems

As this plant is sensitive to moisture and temperature levels, a few problems can arise. Here’s what you need to be on the lookout for.

Growing Problems

Fertilizer Burn – This will kill off younger leaves, though the plant itself survives. Make sure you are diluting your choice of fertilizer and directing its application away from the stems and leaves.

Diseases

Fusarium Root Rot – On the lower parts of the plant you’ll see yellow, wilting leaves and spots on the stems, perhaps some yellow spore powder and brown roots. Dispose of infected plants, use a little fungicide, and check your watering habits for overzealousness.

Fusarium Leaf Spot – Brown, oval spots with a yellow ring on the leaves mean you have a case of leaf spot on your hands. Watering too much might be the culprit. A little fungicide may help guard the healthy plants from catching it.

Bacterial Leaf Spot/Stem Rot – This one has a bit of an “Ew!” factor with slimy leaves and stems, blackened roots, and rotten cuttings. Not much can be done but getting rid of the infected plants and making sure the new ones you get aren’t bringing it home with them.

FAQs

Q. The leaves of my ti are getting little brown spots and burned tips. I’ve checked everything and don’t know what’s wrong.

A. If you’re watering from a city tap, it is likely the fluoride in it causing the problem. Try using rain water or bottled water instead to solve the issue.

If you’re hankering for a tropical getaway but you’re stuck at home for now, a good way to alleviate your longings would be to fill your house with cordyline fruticosa in a variety of colors. You just might find your friends lining up at your door with sunglasses, leis, and surfboards. Throwing a little Hawaiian-themed party to give the gift of cuttings may not be such a bad idea either. I’ll look for my invitation in the mail soon.

Show me pictures and tell me stories in the comments about the little Hawaiian hotspots you’ve created. Pass this article on to other tropical plant lovers. Thanks for stopping by!Jump to top

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