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My best red Ti ever.


By Stan510

My best red Ti ever. (Cordyline terminalis (Dracaena))

'Red Sister'. I never had one make it through a winter without some to much dieback. Almost like annuals here in the bay area. Not this year.

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They do much better in the ground up there. I've had several in the ground in Mission San Jose, Fremont. They grew very well. The only problems was the damned snails eating the leaves all the time.

This one and many others are very common here in semi-shade or even in sun (on the east side of a house or business). They love morning sun. Mine are very drought-stressed. One I think is dying.

7 Sep, 2015


I dont have anyplace in ground and sunny enough to grow these,PLUS all the water it would take for them in ground. In pots,the water seems to go longer.
My in ground plants are either sun loving dry tolerant- or even xeric. My water needy plants are shade lovers..and my backyard is shady.
I cut far back on water for them,so as to keep the shade plants going. None of them Andy can take a water cutback and still be worth a damn to look at-lol. You cant ask a tree fern of Huperzia to do well on less...they just up and die.

8 Sep, 2015


In the ground Ti plants tend to need less water. They have a long tap-root. They have a pretty big root system which stores water. They don't like severe drought, though. Hayward clay soil holds more water than the horrible, rocky soil here in San Diego where I live.

Huperzia is not a tree fern, right?

8 Sep, 2015


No,its a like a giant moss. One of the primitive plants. Slow growing. One does well here..and its still taken a decade for a cutting I made to look like something. And..they are VERY hard to root from a cutting.

8 Sep, 2015

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