How to Propagate Coryline terminalis | 3 Ti Plant Propagation Methods


Coryline terminalis can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season by air layering, from stem cuttings or by use of the crown from old leggy canes.

Coryline terminalis commonly called Ti Plant, Hawaiian Goodluck Plant, Hawaiian Ti Plant or Polynesian Ti, is ideal for adding a splash of color among the greenery and is also believed to bring good luck.

Coryline terminalis (Ti Plant) can be propagated in 3 ways; by air layering, from stem cuttings or from the top crown of leaves.

We have herebelow outlined these three methods of Coryline terminalis (Ti Plant) Propagation. Keep reading for a detailed account on these propagation methods.

Ti Plant, Cordyline terminalis

1. How to Propagate Coryline terminalis by air layering

Coryline terminalis air layering propagation is easy. Following is the step by step process of air layering Hawaiian Ti Plant.

Make a notch on the stem of a healthy Ti Plant and coat the notch with a rooting hormone to hasten rooting.

Surround the notched area with damp moss and then cover it with a polythene film or clear plastic wrap.

Maintain the moss moist through out and allow some time for roots to develop in the notched area.

After the roots have formed and about 2 in. long, the stem is now ready to be seperated from the mother plant.

Sever the stem just below the covered part with a sharp cutting tool like a sterlized knife or a sterilized pair of scissors.

New shoots will sprout from the shortened stem of the mother plant with time.

Carefully remove the polythene and get ready to pot the rooted stem of the Coryline terminalis.

Select a 6 or 8 in. pot and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Fill the pot with loose, free-draining potting mix and make a hole in the center of the pot.

Ensure that the hole is slightly wider than the root base of the Hawaiian Ti Plant cutting.

Place the rooted cutting in the previously made hole and lightly firm the soil around the base of the stem while taking care not to bury it too deep.

Water the soil thoroughly and place the set up in a brightly-lit, warm place until the new plant is well established after which you can begin routine care.

Ti Plant, Cordyline terminalis

2. How to propagate Coryline terminalis from the top crown of leaves

Cut the top crown of leaves from Coryline terminalis bearing about 4 in. of the stem.

Reduce the leaves to about a third long to minimize water loss. The leaves are necessary for photosynthesis to hasten rooting.

Apply a rooting hormone on the lower cut end of the stem of the Ti Plant to hasten rooting.

Select a rooting container and ensure that there is adequate drainage to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Fill the container with loose, free-draining potting mix and make a hole in the center of the container.

Make sure that the hole is slightly wider than the base of the stem.

Insert about 2-3 in. of the cut end (stem) of the crown of leaves in the previously made hole and lightly firm the soil around the base of the stem while taking care not to bury it too deep.

Water the soil thoroughly and place the set up in a brightly-lit, warm place. Adequate light and warmth are necessary for faster rooting.

Maintain the soil moist until rooting occurs; rooting will occur in about 3-6 weeks. When you observe new growth, the new Hawaiian Ti Plant can be transplanted to its own pot after which you can begin routine care.

Ti Plant, Cordyline terminalis

3. How to propagate Coryline terminalis from stem cuttings

Take 4-6 in. long stem cuttings from a healthy Coryline terminalis. Ensure each cutting has some leaf nodes as this is where new growth will come from.

Dip the lower cut-end of the Coryline terminalis stem cuttings in a rooting hormone to hasten rooting.

Select a rooting container and ensure that there is adequate drainage to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Fill the container with loose, free-draining potting mix and make a hole in the center.

Ensure that the hole is slightly wider than the base of the Hawaiian Ti Plant stem cutting.

Insert about 2-3 in. of the lower cut end of stem cutting in the previously made hole and lightly firm the soil around the stem cutting while taking care not to bury it too deep.

Water the soil thoroughly and cover the set up with clear polythene sheet to create a greenhouse effect to hasten rooting.

Place the set up in a brightly-lit, warm place. Adequate light and warmth are necessary for faster rooting.

Maintain the soil moist until rooting occurs; rooting will occur in about 3-6 weeks.

When you observe new growth, the new Coryline terminalis can be transplanted to its own pot after which you can begin routine care.

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