Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa)

Ti Plant Plant Features

Ti plant is a bold houseplant with flamboyantly colored foliage. Also called cordyline, cabbage palm, or good luck plant, it's a perfect choice for adding a dash of style and drama to any well-lit room in your home. Most ti plant varieties have purple foliage variegated with streaks of hot pink, cream, white, or other shades of purple. The leaves add more color than many flowering houseplants -- and they're attractive all year long. 

Ti plant is often being associated with good luck. In some areas of the tropics (it's a landscape shrub in frost-free areas) the plant is grown outside of outside of houses to bring good fortune and ward off ghosts or evil spirits. 

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Ti Plant Growing Instructions

Grow ti plant in a high-light situation. In most areas, this colorful houseplant can take direct sun on the leaves when grown indoors. It doesn't like low-light spots, unfortunately. When this colorful plant doesn't get enough light, you'll see the leaves show less variegation and more green. 

Water ti plant when the soil surface starts to dry --- around the time the top inch or two of the potting mix dries to the touch is best. The plant is fairly drought tolerant, but the leaf tips may develop some browning if the plant stays too dry for too long.

Like many tropical houseplants, ti plant appreciates the high relative humidity of its native range. It tolerates the humidity levels in the typical home pretty well, but if your home's air is on the dry side, it's helpful to boost humidity around your ti plant.

Indoors, ti plant is slow growing, so the only pruning that should be necessary is to remove old leaves as age and turn yellow.

Ti plant is more sensitive to excess fluoride than most houseplants; if your water supply has too much of this mineral for the plant, you may notice the edges of the leaves go brown and crispy prematurely. In severe cases, or after long periods of exposure, the entire leaf will go brown early. If your water has high fluoride levels, dilute it with rainwater, distilled water, or filtered water. 

Tropical ti plant is not intended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

    Outside: Part sun

    Outside: Shade

  • Colors







  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage

    Purifies the air

Complement your Ti Plant

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow has lovely lavender-blue, white, and purple flowers that play off ti plant's foliage.

Stromanthe's variegated foliage looks stunning paired with ti plant.

Our favorite varieties

Candy Cane Ti Plant

Candy Cane Ti Plant

Cordyline 'Candy Cane'

Candy Cane ti plant is a colorful variety that has green leaves streaked with cream and hot pink.

Morning Sunshine Ti Plant

Morning Sunshine Ti Plant

Cordyline 'Morning Sunshine'

An exceptionally beautiful variety, Morning Sunshine ti plant offers light green leaves flushed with cream, pink, and purple.

Red Sister Ti Plant

Red Sister Ti Plant

Cordyline 'Red Sister'

A classic variety, Red Sister ti plant has dark purple-green leaves variegated with streaks of hot pink.

Florida Ti Plant

Florida Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa 'Florida Red'

Florida ti plant shows off dark purple-red foliage variegated with reddish-pink.

Hawaiian Boy Ti Plant

Hawaiian Boy Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa 'Hawaiian Boy'

Hawaiian Boy ti plant is a striking variety that has dark purple red foliage.

Maria Ti Plant

Maria Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa 'Maria'

Maria ti plant has rich purple leaves boldly variegated in hot pink.

Black Mystique Ti Plant

Black Mystique Ti Plant

Cordyline fruticosa 'Black Mystique'

Black Mystique ti plant shines when grown indoor and out because of its shiny, purple-black foliage. It grows 4 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide.