7 Gallon
Ti Plant / Black Magic, Red Sister
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Ti Plant / Black Magic, Red Sister

Latin Name:

Cordyline fruiticosa hybrids

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

Broad, sword-shaped leaves in a variety of colors depending on the form selected. Leaves held upright on stems that branch only occasionally form an upright plant.

Origin:

Malaya, Polynesia

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

No

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Low humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks during the spring and summer with a water soluble fertilizer.
Plant Pests:
Prone to spider mites, mealy bugs and scale. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Seeds/ suckers or long stem cuttings in the spring through early summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist occasionally with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining). Repot ever two years in the spring.

Air Purifier:

A good remover of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from the atmosphere.

Is Genus:

No

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