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How to Transplant a TI Plant

By Eulalia Palomo ; Updated September 21, 2017
Ti plants have abundant foliage.
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The ti plant, also known as the Hawaiian good luck plant, is a leafy tropical with foliage that ranges from bright green to deep reds and purples, depending on the species. Outdoors it grows to heights of 4 to 6 feet, with a leaf spread of 3 to 5 feet. The ti, scientific name is Cordyline, is a member of the agave family, according to University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension. The ti plant is a true tropical and will grow outside only in U.S. Department of Agriculture planting zones 10b to 11, according to the University of Florida.

Water the soil around the ti plant you are going to move two days before the transplant. The soil should be damp to a depth of at least 5 inches.

Dig a hole twice as large as the root ball of your ti. The root ball on a mature ti will have a 24-inch diameter.

Cut the soil around the base of your ti at least 12 inches from the base of the trunk of mature plants, less for smaller plants.

Lift the root ball from the soil, for larger plants, employ a few extra shovels and hands to help you lift the root ball.

Place the root ball into the prepared hole so that the base of the stem is level with the surrounding soil. Fill in the earth around the root ball a few shovels at a time, patting the soil down as you go.

Water the area until the soil is damp to a depth of at least 12 inches. Keep the soil moist, but not saturated, for the first three weeks after transplanting.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Water

About the Author


Eulalia Palomo has been a professional writer since 2009. Prior to taking up writing full time she has worked as a landscape artist and organic gardener. Palomo holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Boston University. She travels widely and has spent over six years living abroad.