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How to Propagate Cordylines (Ti plants)

Discussion in 'COMPANION PLANTS - TROPICAL & SUBTROPICAL' started by putu enjula, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. putu enjula

    putu enjula Member

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    I bought one of these years ago and read the directions... so of course now I am an expert. :D

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  2. putu enjula

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    I have tried different methods of propagation but I prefer their method because it seems to be the fastest way to get a plant growing.

    First of course you mutilate some ti plants by cutting them... (of course the plant will grow right back).

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  3. putu enjula

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    If I'm going chop down one of my plants, I want to get the most plants out of them!
    First I cut off the tops and leave enough stalk to put in a vase.


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    First I put the large one in a tub of water...


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    Then I make a nice arrangement with the smaller ones so I can enjoy them while they sprout some roots!


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  4. putu enjula

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    Then I cut the stalks into smaller "logs."


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    Sometimes I simply put the logs upright in a jar... the water should be changed every few days...


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    Or if I want to try to get the most number plants out of them, I lay them down in a tray. This method requires more maintenance because the water lever needs to consistently cover half of the logs, leaving the tops exposed to the air. When you change the water you should make sure the same side is turned up... keeping the same dry side up and the same wet side down.


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    I got this tray from Costco, it is nice because there are grooves on the bottom that prevent them from rolling.
  5. putu enjula

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    Here is a Princess Leisha I put in some water about a couple of weeks ago.


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    Time for planting!


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    Dean's prefered soil...

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    When you pot up a cordyline it is always good to bury a lot of the stalk so it can grow even more roots for a strong root system.

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    The newly potted Princess Leisha is pale from being indoors, soon it will look just like the one next to it...


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    There is an easier method that we use occasionally. Mainly for tis we that have a lot of... we cut off the top and and stick it into the ground. Sometimes it takes a while for them to get going.
  6. putu enjula

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    Here is a log that has been soaking upright for a few weeks...


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    I'm going to wait for more roots.


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    I will post an update of those other logs as soon as something happens! :D
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  7. Scott Mcintosh

    Scott Mcintosh Active Member

    Angela, Thanks for the info on rooting the logs. What is the best way to grow from seed. I have always planted the whole ripe fruit. Had some luck with that, but is it best to remove the seed from the fruit?
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    I always remove the fruit from the seed but I have read that it is fine to plant the whole berry.
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  9. putu enjula

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    I don't know the best way to grow from seed. I'm still experimenting. Whenever I see berries, I try to collect them since not many of ours set berries. We have one that continuously set seed all year round but I like to get a variety. Jeff and Su Chin were nice enough to let me collect a bunch of berries while Dean was palm shopping. I was cleaning seeds for days!!! The genetic properties of tis are unstable so you never know what you are going to get!!

    I always sprinkle the seeds in a pot and cover them with an eighth of an inch of soil or less.
  10. putu enjula

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    Oh boy!! I can't wait!!!

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  11. Scott Mcintosh

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    Angela, A few questions for you. The berries on my plants look to be ripe at anytime now. If I remove the seed from the berries do I need to dry the seed or plant fresh? Plant seed in pots or can I sow in ground? If sown in pots, do I need to cover the pot in a plastic bag. How long before I see sprouts? I planted Kiwi berries in the ground in early June and have seen nothing so far. In the past I have always thrown the berries under the mother plant and check back the next year for seedlings.
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    Darn! I just spent 25 minutes replying and something happened and I lost it all! Grrr!!
  13. putu enjula

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    Good questions but I don't know the best method of planting them! All I can do is tell you what I have done in the past.:)
    I have:
    Taken berries off a ti and extracted the seeds and planted them right away or days/weeks later.
    Let the berries shrivel up and dry out and then take out the seeds and plant them right away or weeks later.
    Let the berries dry out and then soak them for days/week, take out the seeds and then plant the them right away or days/weeks later.
    Soak fresh berries and take out the seeds and then plant the them right away or days/weeks later.

    The seedlings in post 10 were taken out of the berries, which took days... I soaked some seeds to get the fruit off completely. Some still had some skin on them so after they dried out a while, I put them in a cup and rubbed the seeds together between my fingers with a lot of force to get it off. I figure there's less chance of them molding if I clean them really well. Old fruit molds like crazy here. When I sow ti seeds, I always use that potting soil that I took a picture of... it is organic material. I always fill up the pot and then sprinkle the seeds on top and cover them with an 8th inch of soil... a lot of times after I water them some end up on the surface. I don't stress on it because you usually end up with so many seedlings! I just put the pots outside uncovered... it dews every night here so I don't have to worry about them drying out. Sometimes I have to put seedlings under our lanai so they can dry out if it has been raining a lot! Hope that helps!
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    I just planted the remaining seeds from the same batch that have sprouted already... I'll let you know if and when they pop. They've been sitting out for about a month or so...
  15. Scott Mcintosh

    Scott Mcintosh Active Member

    Thanks Angela, I am going to remove the seeds from the fruit this time and plant the seeds in pots.
  16. putu enjula

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    Great! Keep us posted on your progress!
  17. Scott Mcintosh

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    After months of soaking the logs in water with no luck I placed the logs in soil a little over a week ago. Look close in the center of photo looks like this Lemon Lime log is finally doing something.

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  18. Dypsisdean

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    I think you have ignition and lift off.
  19. Scott Mcintosh

    Scott Mcintosh Active Member

    Maybe ignition I have to see leaves before I will say lift off.:D
  20. Scott Mcintosh

    Scott Mcintosh Active Member

    Here is a Sensation Ti that I stuck the log (on end) in a pot this past June. Nice and bushy growth with 9 stems now.

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