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Question: I live in Oklahoma and purchased two hawaiian ti's this year. The leaves will sometimes turn brown and tear. I have also noticed some holes in some of the leaves. They are not staying full or looking beautiful and healthy as when they were purchased. I have tried to look up info about them and do as instructed, but am still having these problems. New shoots appear everyday, but after removing the damaged leaves....a difference is not made. What is causing this and what can I do????


Answer: The ti plant, also known as ti and Hawaiian good-luck-plant, is technically classified as Cordyline terminalis. These plants are extremely sensitive to fluoride in the water so you might try using bottled water instead of tap water for your plants. Aside from sensitivity to chemicals in tap water, ti plants are relatively carefree so continue to give yours good care - just use bottled water instead of tap water.

Best wishes with your ti plants!

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