Garden Talk

with Rebecca Jordi

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Q: Can it prune my Ti plant? It is getting too tall and blocking my view.

Ti Plant

Ti Plant

A:  The colorful Ti plant, Cordyline terminalis, is perfect for creating a tropical landscape effect, with its smooth, flexible leaves ranging in color from variegated light greens and pinks to very dark reds. Performing well in full sun or partial to deep shade, Ti plants need fertile, well-drained soil and can tolerate only brief periods of drought. Leaf coloration is more pronounced in sunnier locations. This is truly a tropical plant specifically for cold hardiness zones 10-11.  If we receive a cold winter, this plant will need to be protected.  You can prune it down to 12 inches from the ground and it will regrow.  Spring is the best time to do it, so make your pruning cuts now.