Cordyline terminalis 'Red Sister'
Okay. So I going to try to grow these, even though I don't live in Hawaii ( bahia will for sure chime in on this, I hope). So, here is what I'm doing: They are going in our "jungle" area, which is very protected, and will be getting partial sun, protected from the worst scorching sun of the day. I know the more sun they get, the less red/pink they are, so they're getting just filtered/dappled sun. They will be in an area that has a very heavy layer of leaf mulch, and I will top dress them with a bag of GroMulch, as well as fertilize with a time release 10-10-10 fertilizer. I am also going to bury some frost cloth under the mulch that I can draw up and twist-tie closed, just in case we have a weird cold snap as we did two winters ago. They will get overhead sprinkled, but I also plan on dripping them so the stay relatively moist but not overly wet (my soil is DG for the most part). Hoping I can get these two to grow and thrive. With as humid as it has been in our summers, I think they actually may do pretty well in this more protected area of my garden. As long as they don't get too cold, that is. Have always wanted to grow Ti plants, and this cultivar is probably not the best choice of cordyline, and I have other cultivars that are better suited to my climate (such as Cordyline australis 'Red Sensation', which loves it here), but this area of my yard is our attempt at a more tropical look, so I'm going to give it a try. I think I will also try to find 'Festival' as well, as it really is gorgeous and has a really deep dark purple strappy leaf. It, I know, will do fine in my yard, but still doesn't have the look of 'Red Sister', so if anyone else has had success with 'Red Sister', I'd love to hear what you've done.