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Hawaiian Ti Plant

Cordyline terminalis 'Hot Pepper'

Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Eco Pot

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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Overall Size: 10" to 14" W 24" to 32" H

Also known as the "Cabbage Plant" or the "Good Luck Plant," this Cordyline Terminalis Hot Pepper will make any space feel more cheerful.

The color this indoor plant brings to any room is reminiscent of a tropical island with its hot pink leaves. Get the groove going in any place with bright light and high humidity.

Hawaiian Ti Plant
Hawaiian Ti Plant

About Hawaiian Ti Plant

Ever need a rabbit's foot for good luck but don't want the bloodshed? Try a Hawaiian Ti leaf instead! Folklore teaches that they bring good luck and ward off evil lurking nearby. If you take a trip to the islands, you'll see them planted in every homestead for that purpose. They also come in handy to make the traditional hula skirts, leis, and necklaces for the same reason! If you find a single leaf in someone's pocket, they say it's better than a rabbit's foot.

Care Level: I'm Easy

Easy for beginners and a great starter plant!

Pet Friendly: Warning

Toxic to cats, dogs and pets.


Native to the tropical climates of Hawaii and other Pacific islands, New Guinea and parts of Asia.

Fun Facts

The Ti plant was first brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. It can be found in tropical Southeast Asia and Pacific wetlands. The number of ways the leaves can be used is staggering: roof thatching, food wrapping, clothing like skirts and sandals, cattle feed, dishes, medicine, liquor, even sleds for kids! Hawaiians plant ti around their homes for good luck, for the leaves are sometimes worn to scare off the oogie-boogies and attract the good spirits. Sacred to the god Lono and the goddess Laka, the leaves are still used in spiritual ceremonies and rituals today.

Hawaiian Ti Plant

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
  • Great for spaces with higher ceilings
  • Great for spaces with bright indirect light
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Cordyline terminalis 'Hot Pepper' Care Guide

  • High

    Can live in low light but performs better when exposed to medium light and also brings out the leaf color. Direct sun will burn leaves.

  • Medium

    Water when you receive it. Enjoys being kept on the moist side but not soggy. Water well and then allow the soil to dry out.

  • High

    Enjoys high humidity. Spritz occasionally.

  • 65 to 95

    Keep this plant in rooms where the temperature is a comfortable 65°F-95°F and avoid cold drafts below 50°F.

  • 10|11|12

    Outside: Keep it in part shade on a patio out of direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn where nights are above 50°F.

  • Seasonally

    Apply at half-strength a liquid fertilizer especially formulated with a higher nitrogen formulation ( 24-8-16 or 20-10-20 N-P-K formulation) every two month during the growing season between early spring and fall. A slow release fertilizer can be used as a top dressing instead of a liquid fertilizer.

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the Hawaiian Ti plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes.

    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot to keep the roots drier. (Too big of a pot could cause the soil to dry slower, which is not helpful.)

    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a well-draining indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage.

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.

    Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.

    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain.

  • Monthly

    When watering your Hawaiian Ti plant, it's an excellent time to trim off any browning, yellowing, or discolored leaves. If it is getting leggy, prune back the plant to a foot above the soil. Branching will occur and encourage a bushier and fuller plant. Use these cuttings to propagate. Remove any debris from the soil and replenish if needed. To clean debris and dust off the leaves:

    Place the Ti plant in a shower or tub.

    Fill a watering can with a shower spout with filtered, bottled, or water free of chlorine and fluoride.

    Shower the leaves, so each one is clear of dust and dirt.

    Let the water drain and replace your plant in the decorative container.

  • Cuttings

    In the spring or summer, take a stem cutting between 6-8 inches long with leaves attached using sanitized pruners.

    Dip the cuttings in water, then in a rooting hormone.

    Use a pot with drainage. and place the stem 1-2 inches down into the damp, well-draining, moist potting soil mix and tamp down around the stem securing it.

    Set it in bright, indirect sunlight while they are rooting.

    Check the moisture and humidity each day and add misting to keep the soil moist while the roots establish.

    After 6-8 weeks, roots will begin to establish. You can tug onto the stem to ensure the roots are secure.

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