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Ti plants (Cordyline terminalis)

Posted by newgen 9 Central California (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 30, 11 at 17:41

While traveling in HI, I was fascinated by the Ti plants that grow all over the place on the islands. I noticed there are 2 types, purple and green. I've had the purple growing in front of my house for 2 years now, they are doing well, despite the extreme heat and cold of my area. Last December, I brought back 2 cuttings of the green type (bought them at KMart on Maui). They've sprouted and I'm excited to put them in the ground. For those of you who have these beautiful plants, are there any differences in the behavior of the green as compared to the purple Ti plants? Is the green more fragile, or just about the same?

Thanks,


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RE: Ti plants (Cordyline terminalis)

Ti plants come in reds, greens, pink, and even striped. The green ones are the most common, and I would guess the easiest to grow.

I just hack off a piece and stick it in the ground, and it grows! Paradise!
Lee


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RE: Ti plants (Cordyline terminalis)

I have been growing ti for 25 years. The red and green have intermingled over the years, and I also purchased special varieties, which have mingled with the original ones, and I save the seed and plant them. Now I have some really unusual and subtly beautiful varieties, which are as yet unnamed.

Ti plants are fun to grow from seed you save, watching them grow and change in appearance. A plant may look very different grown in sun or shade. Some plants get brighter colors in sun, some in shade, very individual. At first, they all look the same...green. Just slight differences in color of stems. The older they get, the more color they show. Also, reveal different habits, the way they display and arrange their leaves around the stalk. Width of leaves is another interesting variable, as is the sheen of the leaves.

There are many named varieties, one of the prettiest and best growing is 'Miss Andrea', small, bushy, quick to make keikis.


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