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HELP! Cordyline trouble!

Posted by panamajack 10 ( on
Fri, Apr 16, 10 at 18:58

Hi peeps! About a month ago, I purchased a gorgeous Hawaiian Ti Plant, with vivid pinks and dark burgundy colors. It was originally grown under a shade house. I purchased it from HD, where they had it inside their greenhouse (WHY, WHY do they keep all their tropicals inside so much shade!!!!) I started by slowly acclimating it to the full sun (I live in Santa Monica, CA). Now it's in full sun and it is bleaching and developing burn spots on some of the leaves. I know the plant is still alive and not doing all too bad since there are new leaves coming up. I know these grow in Hawaii's full tropical sun, so I'm assuming they can grow in CA sun as well. I will have to prune the ugly bleached leaves. Will the new leaves be acclimatized? I'm keeping the soil moist, but not wet or soggy, just enough so it doesn't dry up (our current temps are in the upper 60's to low 70's).. don't want to lose it, it's right next to a King Palm and a croton and I just love the texture and color it brings. HELP!

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RE: HELP! Cordyline trouble!

My ti plant is in the exact same situation as yours and also came from home depot. Im just letting it do its own thing. Some of the leaves are getting a little brown, but Im just keeping them on until the next leaves come and accumulate to the sun. The weather hasnt been very sunny here for the past week which might be helping it accumulate better. Just keep it on the moist side and wait. Once summer comes it should be used to the sun and looking much happier.

Good luck!

RE: HELP! Cordyline trouble!

Here in sunny Florida cordylines do best in partial shade. (Even the varieties that are bred for full sun) Full sun bleaches and burns them. Ti's especially burn in the sun from water spots. I might suggest moving plants to less sunny location. If you can't, try to water from the bottom.

RE: HELP! Cordyline trouble!

  • Posted by newgen 9 Central California (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 17, 10 at 0:30

Mine are not in full shade, but they only get indirect sun, I have 2 planted on the north side of the house. In the heat of summer, it's 105+ here, several leaves got burned at the edges. Now they're looking good again. I keep the soil kinda moist, not soggy, and mist them a few times a week. I fell in love with the Ti plants, along with Croton, when I went to Hawaii last year. Unfortunately, all my Crotons died, they couldn't take the winter cold in my area (Bakersfield), the Ti did fine in the cold months. I think they thrive in HI because not only of the warm temp, but HIGH humidity as well. So try misting the leaves.

RE: HELP! Cordyline trouble!

I am in FL too and keep mine in morning sun, afternoon shade. It seems to bring out the best color in the ti's. If I keep it in too much sun the colors sort of blanch out even when they are aclimated.

RE: HELP! Cordyline trouble!

This variety will not take the full sun, like other cordylines.

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