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Monday, September 04, 2006

Hawaiian Ti Plant Care

Common Name: Hawaiian Ti, Good Luck Tree, Red Sister
Scientific Name: Cordyline terminalis
Lighting: Bright Light
Watering: Moderate to Heavy

The Hawaiian Ti's appearance truly is exotic. Plus it is commonly known as the Good Luck tree. The Hawaiian Ti plant grows in canes with maroon spear shaped foliage. The Hawaiian Ti can grow anywhere from 2 to 5 feet in height. This houseplant makes a colorful addition to any sunroom.

The Hawaiian Ti plant prefers bright light so keep the houseplant within 3 to 5 feet of a sunny window. Also keep it away from any drafts and heat vents. This houseplant requires high levels of humidity, so misting with water daily will help keep your Hawaiian Ti plant healthy and beautiful.

The hardest part about keeping your Hawaiian Ti plant healthy is the watering. Keep the soil moist at all times, however, do not flood the plant. You need to keep the soil moist but not soaked. Water the plant thoroughly at least twice a week. Do not let the plant dry out in between waterings so watch it carefully.

I have also found the Hawaiian Ti to be particular on what kind of water it is given. Fresh water, free of chemicals has been the best source for myself. If foliage begins to fall, chances are the plant is not receiving enough water.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have what I think is a red sister, it is identical to the picture. however alot of the tips on my plants leaves are turning brown. i mist it everyday and it is in a bright window. I don't know if it is getting sunburned or if I still am not watering it enough?

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may want to try some Miracle Grow house plant sticks, worked great for mine, it was turning brown at the tips, but not since I put 2 of those in it, nice and full and no more browning now :)

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The red variety burns easily compared to the green variety.

12:06 PM  
Blogger JRR said...

I have lived in Hawaii for years or decades and I have a first. My green Ti leaf straight from the Big Island after 2 years in AZ is starting to bloom. I have never seen this and have found no info for this.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok i have the bark of the ti plant and its been in water for about 6weeks its sprouting on the side when do i put it in soil?

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a Hawaiian Ti this summer and want to know if I should cut them back? If so, at what time of the year? I live in Northern FL. Thanks much.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just purchased a ti plant it came in as cane I was told to scrape off the wax on both ends then put in water, the question is do I put it on its side ( the whole thing in water or do I put it only one end in water) first time with this type of plant.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the same question until I found this page. You need to place them in a dish horizontally until 2" worth of roots sprout then plant in sandy soil n keep moist.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my Ti plant now for 39 years. It is on its 6th generation of sprouting a new stock. It stands about 6 feet tall and is just beautiful. Have it at work because it has outgrown my home. Love the plant, had it longer than my children.

4:19 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

Thank you for sharing your Ti Plant story! 39 years, that's amazing!


2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a red TI plant and brought it home last December. I scraped the wax off, and have had it in horizontally in water for about a month. It has grown a green shoot about 3 inches long, but so far nothing that resembles roots. Should I continue to keep it in water, or should I plant it?

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had a ti plant for 6 years. It has been flourishing on my patio. In a matter of days all of the leaves have wilted. I do not know what happened or how to rememdy this. Please help!

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a red Ti plant, scraped off the wax and put it in water. A 4" shoot with leaves has sprouted but nothing that looks like roots. Should I continue to keep it in water or should I plant it?

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought Ti plant logs from Hawaii in 1979 for my mom. She gave me part of the plant some years back, so this plant has been surviving for 33 yrs.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a green ti pant. I have it out side and it has grown to about 3 ft. tall. I want to know do I need to bring it in the house for it is getting cold here in north north carolina.?

11:24 AM  
Blogger Jammie Thompson said...

I have a Ti Plant that I have only had for a few months now. I started from a log and it grew quite well up until this last week. It sprouted from both ends and thrived great. It came as three logs and this is the only one that survived. Now one end of the log seems to be dying out but the other end seems to still be growing well and its making me nervous that it will die. Will my wole plant die or is there a way to revive it? I really need some help with this. My other plants that I do have are thriving well and they are all from different types of families. What am I not doing right? Please please help before its to late.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous said...

I have a Hawaiin Ti log, is this poisonous for a cat, or, dog? Thank You.

11:23 AM  
Blogger dewdrop said...

the bottom leaves on my ti plant on turning yellow and some of the tips are turning brown. help me save my beautiful plant!

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My.ti.plant is about 2yrs old. The leaves on the bottom are turning yellow. What is causing this?

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


How is your Ti Leave doing? Do you have it planted inside or outside?

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a Hawaiian Ti Plant "Root"? It was about 3 in. long and a reddish color, well one of my dogs got hold of the package and chewed some of the root off the end, is it still okay to plant and how do I need to plant it? It came from Hawaii and I want to take special care of it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Gwynn said...

We have a dozen red Hawaiian Ti plants in our yard in Northern Florida (Zone 8) and most still have their red leaves in the center, although the lower leaves have turned brown. What is the best way to treat the plants in the spring (it is now March) to get them healthy and full bodied again? Just tear off the brown leaves? That will leave the plants leggy. Will the ones whose leaves died off totally come back? Gwynn in Niceville, FL.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Evelyn Herrington-Franklin said...

My mother brought my ti plant back from Hawaii back in 1973. It's still doing great, we live in Michigan. So the only time I can put it outside is in late spring to mid fall. A couple of times poor thing has been left out past time & it was way too cold, but it snapped right back. It's been a very hardy house plant & I would recommend any time.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Bob and Sue said...

We live in Texas and have two Hawaiian Ti Sisters planted outside.
The first year in the winter, they died. I cut them back thinking thats the end of those plants whatever they are. The next year they bounced back. Should they be cut back each winter? Or just left alone?

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have some leaves that have been sun burnt or something. Do I cut the leaf off close to the plant stem or just the brown part?

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do not use miracle grow

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The leaves on my Tai are drying out....almost like they are burnt. should it be by a window with filtered light or direct sunlight? Could the brown tips be a water issue? I really like this plant...can someone give me some suggestions? I live in Bc Canada

11:36 AM  
Blogger Brandy Parker said...

I've had my red sister ti plant for about 1yr and it's almost 6ft tall all summer/into fall it was beautiful no browning at all as soon as it turned cold I brought the plant in and now it's turned dark green and the leaves are shriveled and falling off I live in zone 7b what do I do I love this tree and don't want it to die please Help!!!!!!! It's always been a deep purple/pink until the cold spell

9:59 AM  

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