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How to Care for a TI Plant

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017

Ti plant (Cordyline terminalis) is an exotic plant that will provide a lush, tropical feel to the indoor environment. The colorful leaves, in shades of pink to red and variegated green and white, will add color and variety. Although the ti plant can be grown outdoors in warm, humid climates, it is usually grown as an indoor plant. At maturity, the ti plant can reach heights of 3 to 5 feet, with a 2-foot span. The ti plant is also known as Hawaiian ti or good luck tree.

Plant the ti plant in a container filled with commercial potting soil. Be sure the container has good bottom drainage, as excessive moisture will cause root rot.

Place the ti plant in bright, indirect light such as a window covered by a sheer curtain. You can also place the ti plant 4 to 6 feet away from a bright window.

Water the ti plant when the top of the soil feels slightly dry to the touch, but never allow the soil to become bone dry. Allow the water to sit out overnight before watering so the chlorine can evaporate, or use distilled water.

Maintain a high level of humidity around the ti plant. Place the plant on a tray filled with pebbles. Add water to the pebbles, but don't allow the water to touch the bottom of the pot. Ti plant will also benefit from an occasional misting, especially during dry weather.

Keep the ti plant away from drafty windows and doors, heat vents and air conditioners.

Fertilize the ti plant once a month, using a general-purpose, liquid houseplant fertilizer. Withhold fertilizer during the winter months.


Things You Will Need

  • Commercial potting soil
  • Planting container with drainage hole
  • Tray
  • Pebbles
  • Mister
  • Liquid houseplant fertilizer

About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.