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How to Care for a Good Luck Plant

By Charmayne Smith ; Updated September 21, 2017
The ti plant produces glossy, speared-shaped foliage that grows in colors from rich dark-greens to deep reddish purples and maroons
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The Hawaiian ti plant, or good luck plant, is an evergreen shrub of the Agave family. This plant produces glossy, speared-shaped foliage that grows in colors from rich dark-greens to deep reddish purples and maroons. This showy plant produces colorful and fragrant blooms when matured. The good luck plant is a low-growing plant that can reach natural heights up to 10 feet with indoor heights about half the natural size.

Keep the good luck plant in a warm, sunny location. Choose a bright location that receives at least eight hours of partial shade to full sunlight each day. Select locations with full morning sun and afternoon and evening shade. Avoid locations with varying temperature conditions such as locations near heating vents and air conditioners.

Irrigate the good luck plant regularly. Water the ti plant regularly to maintain a moist soil environment without over watering. Allow the good luck plant to dry only slightly between watering. Irrigate the plant until the excess water flows evenly from the drainage system and allow it to rest.

Mist the foliage of the ti plant daily, according to the Floridata recommendations. Mist the good luck plant multiple times a day during the hot, dry summer months. Consider using a humidifier near the plant in place of the misting to maintain constant humidity levels.

Feed the good luck plant monthly using a slow-released fertilizer such as a 3-1-2 or 6-2-4 combination. Distribute the fertilizer evenly throughout the good luck plant’s container or around its outdoor planting bed. Feed indoor plants at half strength. Irrigate the feed thoroughly into the soil.

Dust the indoor good luck plant regularly to reduce the potential of fungal and bacterial diseases. Inspect the plant regularly for signs of disease or insect infestation. Treat disease and infestations immediately to prevent permanent injury to the plant. Treat the plant with an insecticide to prevent disease.


Things You Will Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Water
  • Insecticide (optional)

About the Author


Writing professionally since 2004, Charmayne Smith focuses on corporate materials such as training manuals, business plans, grant applications and technical manuals. Smith's articles have appeared in the "Houston Chronicle" and on various websites, drawing on her extensive experience in corporate management and property/casualty insurance.