All about Cordyline 'Red Sister'

toffee-el(Z8b Sunset Z13 Elev 4650ft)October 21, 2012

Anyone growing ti-plants around Southern California low desert? I am trying to grow Red Sister around Palm Springs but not sure how.

Sun or shade? I am leaning towards shade.

Pot or ground? If pot, how big?

I read that they can grow to 15ft but couldn't find a pic online of that size. 15ft tall but how wide?

I also read that they enjoys wet feet, true?

Thanks for helping.

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newgen(9 Central California)

I have both red and green, in the ground. The red is actually kinda dark maroon color. Palm Springs is pretty similar to my area (Bakersfield), mine are in partial shade. The green seem to like heat/sun MUCH more than the red.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 1:13PM
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toffee-el(Z8b Sunset Z13 Elev 4650ft)

I got the red ones, four of it. I am going to plant them in the ground under a patio canopy, so quite shady. Let's how it goes.

Are yours matured? How big do they get?

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 3:21PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I got one of these early in the summer and every time the sun hits it, it burns. After putting it where it only gets the first and last hour of actual direct sun, it's stopped burning and making much more colorful leaves.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 11:32AM
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newgen(9 Central California)

toffee-el:

I think my green and red Ti plants are mature, but they will never reach their full genetic potential, simply because they're not in an ideal environment like Hawaii. In the photos below, you'll see that mine are much shorter (about 3'), compared to those Ti grown in Hawaii (at least 6', and some above 10').





    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 8:21PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Well that's amazing. Those don't look burned at all, obviously not in the shade. I don't get it.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 8:53AM
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delreytropical(6)

This is my experience--- the more tropical and red you want them to look, the more shade I had mine with 2 hours of sun and they got dull and green with very little color, then I put them in the shade and im already seeing color improvement in the leaves, it says "bright light" I recommend shade, dappled shade, or 2 hour of sun max, the leaves do get scorched

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 3:45PM
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