I have a group of 7 Ti plants. They are doing well but are really tall and a bit wild in shape. What is the best time of year to trim the plants located in Port St Lucie Fl
In your climate, "the best time to prune is when your saw is sharp", as the saying goes. It's good to do reduction pruning before top heavy breakage and a wind event does it for you.
But another consideration is that plant metabolism slows down somewhat now until early spring, so growth response will be slower, therefore you may have to live with looking at the stubbed cuts for a longer period of time. If you wait for spring and the flush of growth that will occur right after pruning, you will get a more immediate response.
The rule of thumb for Best Management Practices is to prune no more than 25% of foliage from each plant in a one year period.
Water thoroughly before and after pruning if not during rainy season. Fertilizing will help stimulate new growth.
I have four Hawaiian Ti Leaf logs that I started about two and a half months ago. Two have since died (never had roots or anything), The other two have nice roots but nothing else. Everything I have read I should already see sprouts. What is wrong and what should I do??? Lin
It would help to have them under fluorescent lighting, and to have them under a humidity dome. Adding honey to the next watering can also help to stimulate some new growth. Can you include a picture to help?
My Ti plant recently went thru a freezing night, and has since turned brown, i dont know if i should trim it down to ground or will it come back? I have another one that was shielded from some of the wind , and it also turned brown but the leaves has recently started to turn back bright red,so how should I proceed and what should I expect
I would make sure to cover it with burlap, canvas, or a sheet on the cold nights like that. They can't tolerate temps. below 50 degrees F. I would not trim until warmer temps. return, but if it remains below 50 for too long, then the plant will die completely.
Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ti-plant/growing-hawaiian-ti-plant-indoors.htm
We do wait for chemical to weaken before watering with house hose
Can you include a photo? This sounds a bit like a few things.
Powdery mildew can appear as described, as could salt damage from chloroamine buildup among other salts present. These solids will not evaporate.
Downy mildew could be the culprit too, but this one may be more detrimental to your plant. A photo will help me to pin this down.
In the meantime, this article will help you with the proper care of these plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ti-plant/growing-hawaiian-ti-plant-indoors.htm
I will be planting this outside of my back patio.
Yes, it is listed as toxic to most housepets, but only mildly.
If you see your cat eating vegetation, you may want to consider having the diet checked, as this can indicate deficiencies, or other health issues. They shouldn't have much interest in the plant, otherwise.
This article will help you to care for Cordyline: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ti-plant/growing-ti-plants-outdoors.htm
Not outside. They are hardy only in zones 10-12. But you can grow it in a pot outside during the summer and bring it indoors for the winter.
in florda had a beautiful tea plant, outside under covered lanai, it got whiteflies. I sprayed it down with water, then sprayed with insecticidal soap. didnt work, cut all leaves off to main stalk, started growing back beautifully. moved to zone 8 north carolina, sunroom, diffused light, got them again! moved outside to shade, drenched with water, wiped every single leaf off with soapy water, then drenched in insecticidal spray again. seemed ok for a bit, now they are coming back! sick about this, why cant I stop this disease, and what am I doing wrong, it was a beautiful plant and should grow here in carolina too. right now its still on front porch, part sun/shade. it made a sticky mess on my wood floors when indoors, thats how I found it it had a problem again. thanks
It is less of a disease, and more of an insect infestation. Since you can't kill all of them on this planet, you will need to protect your plants from them constantly. Stop prevention, and they will return.
Here are some articles that will help: