Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ti Plants

Ti Plants are very popular in Hawaii, and we have some in our garden too.  There is a great variety in Ti, both in size and color.  Here are some of ours: 

 This is a variegated color we just planted this weekend.

 Red Tis in the back yard.

 Another multicolor, pinks and browns. Isn't it beautiful?

Small red Ti in my herb garden. Not exactly a herb, but adds great color.

The green Tis were all damaged in the hail storm, their lovely bright green leaves shredded.  It will take a while to bounce back.

Ti are tropical plants and do not live in temperate climates. I have not yet heard of tis being house plants. They are lovely plants and you can find them everywhere in Hawaii. Do you have a favorite Ti color?  Let me know!


  1. Love your Ti plans. Especially the red ones in the backyard! Where did you buy yours and what type of climate do you live in? I want some!

  2. I buy my Ti plants in Waimanalo, Hawaii. Your question made me look into the origins of Ti and this is what I found:
    "It is native to tropical southeastern Asia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, northeastern Australia, the Indian Ocean, and parts of Polynesia. It is not native to either Hawaii or New Zealand but was introduced to both by Polynesian settlers." (from the all-knowing Wikipedia)
    I live in Hawaii and Ti-s are abundant here with many different varieties. It is a tropical plant so if you live in a colder climate, you might want to try to grow it as a houseplant. I found this blog about cultivating Ti indoors:
    Good luck and let me know if you succeed!

  3. Hey Zsuzsa! I was just looking around the net to find out how to bring back all my beautiful ginger and ti plants after the hail storm. I hate to top them all but they are looking so pitiful ;-( Do you have any advice? jessica

  4. Hi Jessica,
    Not much you can do with the tis unfortunately. Mine still look beat up. I peeled off some of the lower leaves, but it will be a while until they are back to normal. Guess tis were just not made for hail. I chopped my other plants quite aggressively, like the areca palms or the ginger. With the ginger you can just cut the shredded leaves off. Ginger grows fairly fast. The tis will just have to slowly recover. Come by if you have time. :)