Tropicals forum: My Ti plants are 'failing to thrive'

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 11, 2012 9:03 AM CST
I had a bunch of these planted but they just never look really good. My guess is they are not getting enough water. They are in part to full sun (more sun in winter than in summer) and my yard, full of Plumeria trees, is on the dry side.
Any suggestions?
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 11, 2012 9:48 PM CST

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Are they "leggy?" Sometimes mine get tall and scrawny. I lop the top off, plant it in a pot, and the original plant begins to sprout leaves again.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 12, 2012 4:42 AM CST
Not just leggy, the leaves are ugly and sparse. The plants just really don't look good.....

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tropicbreeze
Mar 12, 2012 12:14 PM CST
You're probably right about the water. I have some cordylines in out of the way spots that don't get irrigation but still manage to get through the dry season. They end up tall, spindly, with leaves like tufts at the top of the stems. But the leaves are a very dark red.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Mar 12, 2012 1:30 PM CST
I'm hoping AlohaHoya will get on this thread. I'll go and alert her...
Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Mar 12, 2012 2:27 PM CST
HALLOOOOOO! Ti like fertilizer and mulch - they can withstand periods of dry. One thing they detest is flouride and other chemicals in 'city water'...so if you can save rainwater, all the better....or let the water sit out for 24/48 hours for the chemicals to flash off.....

I don't think you can water themtoo much....but they do respond well to fertilizer...and foliar is great!!!!

Hope this helps. Thanks for the call.... Big Grin
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 12, 2012 2:28 PM CST
Right, fertilizer and mulch, and plenty of water.
No wonder they failed to thrive....
I will try to do better!!
Thanks Carol!
Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Mar 12, 2012 5:42 PM CST
When I prune my Ti...I cut off the heads and use the leaves around the stems for mulch....
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