Ti Tree – Tropical Garden F

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Featured Plant in Garden F - Ti Tree

1) Plant History & General Information:

  • Scientific Name:¬†Cordyline Fruticosa
  • Region of Origin:¬†Southeastern Asia, Papua New Guinea, Northeastern Australia, Indian Ocean, and parts of Polynesia. It is not native to Hawaii or New Zealand but exists on those islands as a feral weed introduced by Polynesian settlers.
  • General History:¬†The species was spread from its native range throughout Polynesia by farmers. The plant or its roots are referred to in most Polynesian languages as ti. Leaves were also used to make items of clothing including skirts worn in dance performances. The Hawaiian hula skirt is a dense skirt, an opaque layer of at least 50 green leaves with the bottom (top of the leaves) shaved flat. In ancient Hawaii the plant was thought to have great spiritual power; only high priests and chiefs were able to wear leaves around their necks during certain ritual activities.
  • Ti leaves are also used to make lei and to outline borders between properties (for which its alternative name: terminalis). To this day some Hawaiians plant Ti near their houses to bring good luck. Ti is a popular ornamental plant, with numerous cultivars available, many of them selected for green reddish, or purple foliage.

2) Plant Uses:

  • As Food:¬†The large, sweet starchy roots, when mature, can be¬†baked and eaten as a dessert.
  • As Medicine: Rhizomes can be eaten as medicine. This versatile plant also has many medicinal uses, either alone or as a wrapping for other herbs needing to be steamed or boiled. The ti leaves were wrapped around warm stones to serve as hot packs, used in poultices, and applied to fevered brows. A drink from boiled green ti leaves was used to aid nerve and muscle relaxation. Steam from boiled young shoots and leaves made an effective decongestant. You can also use the pleasantly fragrant flowers for asthma.
  • Other Uses: You can use¬†its leaves to thatch the roofs of houses, and to wrap and store food. Leaves were also used to make items of clothing including skirts worn in dance performances. In Hawaii, Ti rhizomes are fermented and distilled to make¬†okolehao, a liquor.

3) Growing Instructions

  • Growing:¬†Most cordyline hybrids prefer a well-lit situation that offers them protection from the hot sun. Good drainage is essential. They may have difficulty competing with the root systems of trees and large palms. Feed twice a year with a good slow-release fertilizer. Applications of liquid fertilizers based on seaweed products (every 2-3 weeks during the warm weather) will help keep your plants growing well.
  • Best time to Harvest:
  • Sunlight Requirements:¬†Full sun, a warm climate
  • Soil Requirements:¬†
  • Propagation:
    • These must be planted with full roots (rhizomes) or by cutting the rhizomes into pieces, each piece should have a minimum of 2 eyes.
    • Dig a hole large enough to contain the root ball,
    • gently paper bag (mulch) around cuttings place new soil on top and weigh down with rock or guava branches.
    • Water thoroughly
  • Controlling Spread:¬†
  • Difficulties with this plant:¬†

Plant History at Hedonisia:


The recycling zone needs to always be clear of weeds around it as well as the small bits of trash that are between the recycling containers. The smoking temple and Recycling Zone are highlighted, and tips are given on how to retain an organized recycling station as well as an easily accessible smoking area.



Garden F Pre-Volcano Instructions

Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of the Garden

This Mixed Garden has the following plants

  • Coleus
  • Bamboo
  • Taro
  • Avocado
  • Ti¬†Tree
  • Night Blooming Jasmine
  • Laua'e Fern

Maintenance Activities For This Garde

  • Main Weeds:¬†Lawn Grass, Stink Maile, vines, and chokers,¬†Albizia Trees
    • Fine hand weed with a Kama and remove grass and chokers between plants
    • Cut down baby Albezia's when you see them crop up. Verify before cutting, ask someone if you're not sure.
  • Identification and Labeling
    • Update plant pages if any are added or deleted from the garden.
  • Borders & Maintenance
    • Keeping the borders and rock borders free of weeds and mosses is easy and can be done weekly during Spring/Summer, and bi-weekly during Fall/Winter for 15 minutes during a shift.
    • Use a weed whacker to trim grasses along the borders of the garden
    • Continue fine-hand weeding the rest of the garden using a Kama scythe to remove choking weeds and climbers
    • Add soil to smaller plants, trim, and mulch tree bases as in the propagation section above.
    • We also collect wood shavings when shaving for projects to use as decorative mulch in non-food beds. Guava inhibits plant and weed growth. Use in decorative areas only.
    • If you have processed compost, mix in equal amounts with soil for feeding.
  • A. Smoking Temple Garden
    • Maintain airflow at the cliffside
    • Keep Coleus trimmed and maintained along with the¬†fragrant decoratives¬†behind the Pussy Palace
    • Create¬†landslide protection with bamboo nodes and keep it manageable as it grows.
    • Maintain plants around the structure using the Kama gently.
    • Trim leaves of the giant palm when drooping
    • Keep Taro growing and trimmed in this area as it acts as a succulent in the water drainage area
  • B. Recycling Center
    • Remove tape and labels from brown boxes in the cardboard bin
    • Break down and set aside brown boxes and cardboard for future projects requiring mulch
    • Place brown paper bags in a cardboard bin for mulch
    • All boxes NOT brown are broken down and placed in mixed recycling
    • Organize (Put recyclables in proper containers) Pandora's Box to allow for easy recycling days
  • Harvesting
    • Harvest regularly when fruiting


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