Gardening Questions And Answers
Occasional pruning keeps this plant’s appearance tidy and its size manageable. Snip off yellow, brown, damaged or diseased ti plant leaves or stems as they may occur year round. Use clean, sharp shears or scissors. Prune any stalks that appear too tall, lanky or unattractive to you throughout the growing season.
Deadheading is an important task to keep up within the garden throughout the growing season. Regular deadheading, however, channels the energy into the flowers, resulting in healthier plants and continual blooms. Snapping or cutting dead flower heads can enhance the flowering performance of many perennials.
These plants are very sensitive to fluoride, so unless you know your local water supply is nonfluoridated, use water only from a rain barrel or well. As with all tropicals, they will need to be brought indoors when nighttime temperatures fall to 45 degrees. Tropical plants will start to suffer damage at 40 degrees.
With large, smooth, green, red, purple and multicolored leaves, the ti plant (Cordyline terminalis) gives outdoor gardens and indoor spaces a bright, tropical note. This frost-sensitive plant grows outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10b through 12 where it is an evergreen.
In frost-free regions, it’s grown as a landscape shrub where ti plant adds color and drama to yards all year long. When growing ti plant outdoors, give it some shade from the hot afternoon sun. Keep the soil moist, but not wet for extended periods. As a landscape shrub outdoors, it’s hardy in Zones 10-11.