Pink Cordyline fruticosa
Given a spot in bright, indirect light, with moist soil from spring through fall, and a humid environment, Ti plant thrives indoors as a houseplant. Grow Ti plant in a bright bathroom to provide the preferred humidity, or place the pot on a tray filled with pebbles kept topped up with water. The bottom of the pot should not stand directly in contact with water, or the plant’s roots may rot. When the plant is actively growing, spring through fall, water it when the soil surface dries out. Cordyline winter care involves leaving a few more days between waterings while growth slows down or stops.
Ti plant shows sensitivity to fluoride in regular tap water, especially at concentrations higher than 0.25 ppm (parts per million). Symptoms of fluoride toxicity include brown leaf tips and leaf margins. To avoid this problem, water Ti plant with distilled water, and don’t grow it in potting soil that contains superphosphate fertilizer or perlite.
Another causes of leaf tip death in indoor Ti plants is damage from contact with fertilizer or the chemicals in leaf-shining products. When applying fertilizer, pour it directly onto the potting soil, avoiding the leaves, and read the product label on houseplant leaf-shine products to check they are suitable before using them on Ti plants. If the plant is low in nutrients, the young leaves emerge dull, dark purple or maroon. Apply a liquid fertilizer suitable for houseplants at the dilution and frequency stated on the product label after watering the plant and allowing it to dry slightly.
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Popular as a houseplant for its multicolored leaves, Cordyline fruticosa (Tiplant) is an evergreen shrub or small tree with lance-shaped leaves, up to 30 in. long (75 cm), that are bright pink to the deepest burgundy, green and cream. The leaves are spirally arranged into a fanlike shape at the stem tips.