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Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa

Ti Plant Plant Features

Ti plant is a bold houseplant with flamboyantly colored foliage. Also called cordyline, cabbage palm, or good luck plant, it's a perfect choice for adding a dash of style and drama to any well-lit room in your home. Most ti plant varieties have purple foliage variegated with streaks of hot pink, cream, white, or other shades of purple. The leaves add more color than many flowering houseplants -- and they're attractive all year long. 

Ti plant is often being associated with good luck. In some areas of the tropics (it's a landscape shrub in frost-free areas) the plant is grown outside of outside of houses to bring good fortune and ward off ghosts or evil spirits. 

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Ti Plant Growing Instructions

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.

Special Care

Outdoors, ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa) makes a fantastic patio plant for dramatic container gardens where it pairs wonderfully with impatiens, sweet potato vine, browallia, and other favorites. In frost-free regions, it's grown as a landscape shrub where ti plant adds color and drama to yards all year long. When growing ti plant outdoors, give it some shade from the hot afternoon sun. Keep the soil moist, but not wet for extended periods. As a landscape shrub outdoors, it's hardy in Zones 10-11.

  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Outside: Part sun
    Outside: Shade

  • Colors

    Green, Pink, Purple, Red, Variegated, White

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage
    Purifies the air

Complement your Ti Plant with these varieties:
Stromanthe's variegated foliage looks stunning paired with ti plant.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow has lovely lavender-blue, white, and purple flowers that play off ti plant's foliage.

Varieties: Our Favorites

Cordyline fruticosa 'Black Mystique' Black Mystique Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa 'Black Mystique'

Black Mystique ti plant shines when grown indoor and out because of its shiny, purple-black foliage. It grows 4 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide.

Cordyline 'Candy Cane' Candy Cane Ti Plant

Cordyline 'Candy Cane'

Candy Cane ti plant is a colorful variety that has green leaves streaked with cream and hot pink.

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Cordyline fruticosa 'Florida Red' Florida Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa 'Florida Red'

Florida ti plant shows off dark purple-red foliage variegated with reddish-pink.

Cordyline fruticosa 'Hawaiian Boy' Hawaiian Boy Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa 'Hawaiian Boy'

Hawaiian Boy ti plant is a striking variety that has dark purple red foliage.

Cordyline fruticosa 'Maria' Maria Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa 'Maria'

Maria ti plant has rich purple leaves boldly variegated in hot pink.

Cordyline 'Morning Sunshine' Morning Sunshine Ti Plant

Cordyline 'Morning Sunshine'

An exceptionally beautiful variety, Morning Sunshine ti plant offers light green leaves flushed with cream, pink, and purple.

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Cordyline 'Red Sister' Red Sister Ti Plant

Cordyline 'Red Sister'

A classic variety, Red Sister ti plant has dark purple-green leaves variegated with streaks of hot pink.

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