Ti-Plant – Cordyline terminalis

Ti-Plant – Cordyline terminalis

Common Name: Ti-Plant

Botanical Name: Cordyline terminalis, kor-DI-li-nee ter-min-AL-is

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Harvest Instructions:

Light levels from 2500-4500 ft-c are recommended for production resulting in a light acclimated plant ready for indoor environments.

Family Roots:
  • Member of the Agavaceae (agave family).
  • Native from the Eastern Himalayas to China and the East Indies.
  • Related species include agave, yucca, tuberose, dracaena.
Personality:
  • Plant classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Leaves are sword-like, arching to 6 inches long.
  • Main stem jointed.
  • ‘Baby Doll’ is probably the most common cultivar.
Storage Specifics:

Chill sensitive, store above 50F. Storage/transport duration varies greatly among cultivars. For example, ‘Baby Doll’ can withstand up to 28 days of transport in the dark at 50-55F whereas ‘Dragon Tongue’ can only tolerate about half that time before quality is greatly reduced.

Tidbits:
  • Cordyline: Greek for club, probably in reference to the thickened roots.
  • Many cultivars with colored foliage including various combinations of bronze, rose, purple, white and/or yellowish.
  • The agave family is important for fiber.
  • Mature stems cut into about six inch segments are sold as “logs”. These logs can then be planted and new plants will develop.
  • Will generally grow well in light levels bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort.

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