ABOUT THIS HAWAIIAN TI
Hawaiian Ti Polynesian Black, aka Black Magic produces soft leathery green and pink striated leaves that turn deep purplish black. Mature plants send up tall spikes of dramatic purple flowers. This versatile tropical beauty is effective at looking good in any garden or patioscape. Hawaiian Ti plants are the perfect plant choice to add lush tropical colors to any indoor or outdoor environment. Thriving on neglect, Cordyline are tolerant of both over and under watering.
The growth rate and leaf color of Polynesian Black will vary greatly depending on season, soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. Cordyline, Hawaiian Ti leaves are very sensitive to temperature changes and seasons. Even a simple red leaf variety can explode with neon pink, chocolate, white and orange colorations with the slightest change. Lower leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
HAWAIIAN TI CARE
Cordyline Polynesian Black are very easy to grow tropical plants that require little care. They add a wonderful accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In very cold zones a containerized Polynesian Black can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring. In the northern end of their grow zone Polynesian Black plants should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months.
When you receive your new Cordyline, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch to the bucket to keep your Polynesian Black standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Hawaiian Ti.
Most gardeners don’t realize that Cordyline Polynesian Black grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 10″ to a 20″ diameter, 10″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
Cordyline enjoy well drained but moist, rich organic mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky and dry, sandy soils.
To help establish your new Cordyline Polynesian Black, fertilize sparingly, biannually with a slow time release 15-5-10. Unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly. WARNING – The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers may damage the roots thus killing the plant.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 9b-11, find your zone here. This Hawaiian Ti requires 85-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is best. In the northern end of their grow zone Polynesian Black plants should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in this zone but must be brought inside for the winter months. (avoid frost)
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at Kens Nursery these Hawaiian Ti are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE
All Hawaiian Ti for sale will vary in size. In the spring, Cordyline plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Plants designated with a sku ending in -4, or -3 will arrive in a standard 4 inch or 2.75 inch growers pot respectively. Kens new, reusable, recyclable deep cells are 5 to 7 inches deep and 1 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Products growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a -5, or -7. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. (click-here)
Note: Before leaving, Cordyline Polynesian Black are inspected, watered, pruned and topped to 36″, if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new Hawaiian Ti plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your plant is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased.
You may want to buy Polynesian Black online now while they are in stock.