Plant Identification: Hawaiian Ti Plant Care Tips

I got this plant, and it was listed as Tropical Foliage. Since I brought it home, it’s looked pretty down. So I’m trying to figure out what it is so I can better take care of it. Help please! Thank you!

Hi Sarah,

Your plant is a  Hawaiian Ti Plant (Cordyline terminalis). It’s also called a Hawaiian Good Luck plant.

Green and yellow Hawaiian Ti Plant

A Ti plant requires bright, indirect light, but no direct sun. Proper watering is the most difficult part of taking care of a Ti Plant. The soil needs to be moist but never soggy and should never totally dry out. If your regular water contains fluoride, chlorine, or passes through a water softener, it will damage the leaves of a Ti plant. Fluoride toxicity is especially harmful, causing brown leaf tips. Feed a Ti plant monthly in the spring and summer with a liquid or slow release plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Never use a fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.   that contains fluoride.

You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. 

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common plants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

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