The Ti plant (Cordyline Terminals) which is known as the Good-Luck Plant is believed to radiate positive energy and attract good fortune and happiness ward off evil spirits.
It makes a wonderful gift for valentines day as it is believed to bring long life and lasting love. As a houseplant, it is valued for the colorful sword-shaped leaves borne on woody stems that are green and edged with pink or mixtures of red, pink yellow or white.
This tropical plant grows up to three (3) feet or more indoors and sometimes produces flower spikes with optimum conditions.
This plant's origin is in the South Pacific Islands where it grows wild and planted as a hedge around homes and churches. It is also called the Hawaiian Ti Plant with leaves that are 12-30 in (30-50 cm) long, 4-6 in (10-15 cm) wide are shredded into strips for hula skirts and leis.
For decorative purposes, display on a table to add some tropical flair when small and as the plant matures and grows taller, use it as a good luck tree. It makes an eye-catching exotic floor specimen, the perfect tropical accent to provide that connection to paradise any time of year.
You can enjoy this vibrant, colorful plant year round as long as you provide it with good room humidity.
It is also known as the New Zealand Cabbage Tree.
It is the ideal plant to liven up your home or office during the winter months and combat air pollution by filtering out benzene and formaldehyde and other toxins.
You can find these tropical plants in supermarkets and your local garden center or you can purchase them online.
Watering: Water thoroughly then allow the plant to dry out
between waterings. To avoid over watering, check the ti plant weekly to see if the top of the soil is dry. If the soil is dry, go ahead and water the plant until the water flows out through the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. This is necessary step to prevent root rot.
Light: Place plant in bright filtered light and avoid bright
direct sunlight. Good lighting is necessary to keep the leaf colors
Fertilizer: Feed monthly with an all-purpose plant food during the growing season (spring to autumn) and discontinue during winter when plant goes dormant. Make sure fertilizer contains no fluoride as plant is sensitive.
Humidity: Plant needs high humidity to avoid brown leaf tips and edges. Use a room humidifier to keep the plant happy.
Temperature: keep plants warm between 70-80 during the day and 62-68 degrees at night. Be sure to keep your plant away from drafts and heating vents.
Soil: Plant in loose, well-aerated fast-draining potting soil.
Propagation: Take cuttings from stems and cut into logs (4-6 inches) and place them on moist vermiculite and keep warm. Buds will form along the logs and sprout leaves and roots.
Pests: Spider mites can be problematic. Prevent them by keeping the air the properly humidified.