ti or red sister plant - Knowledgebase Question

miami beach, fl
Question by flygrlkusic
July 20, 2009
I live in south florida and grow the red sister plants out doors exposed to full direct sun for only a portion of the day. I have had these plants for many years. I often cut them back and make new starts from the mature stalks. The color red seems to be not be at its full potential. How do I regain a full red color out of these plants again. If fertilizer how often and what kind or brand do you recommend.

Answer from NGA
July 20, 2009


Although Ti plants will grow in full sunshine, the color is darker in shade and lighter in the sun. You can experiment with the amount of color by growing a few of your cuttings in bright shade rather than in full sunshine. I think you'll find the leaves a deeper richer color. Since you have an established bed of Ti plants, you probably won't want to move them but I wonder if you can plant something nearby that will produce filtered shade for them in the afternoons? If so, I think you'll get that deep, rich color back on your Ti plants. Best wishes with your plants!

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