Posted 2M ago by @AleksD

Will she make it?!

#TiPlant I left my poor Ti outside covered during 3 days of below 30f in Houston about 11 days ago. This is what she looks like now. I’m watering her according to GREG’s schedule. Am I overwatering now, do I cut all the wilted leaves off? Will she make it?
13” pot with drainage
Last watered 5 days ago
@AleksD Hi there. I am in San Antonio and I was not able to bring all of my plants in before the cold hit and some of them were in a similar state. I’m just thankful that the incompetence we have in our state government didn’t result in another power grid failure like the polar vortex a few years ago. As it turns out, even one the newspapers I subscribe from London was even reporting about how precarious the situation was here given how inept the state government is. But we all made. Yay. As to your plant, Ti plants (Cordyline fruticosa), are generally tropical and subtropical plants that can be sensitive to cold temperatures. Exposure to 30-degree temperatures can lead to frost damage, causing browning or death of the foliage. However, the plant may recover with proper care. I see what looks like new growth coming from the top so that is a good sign.
Here are some recommendations for dealing with a Ti plant that has experienced cold damage:
* Assess the Damage: Trim away the damaged, brown foliage to allow new growth to emerge. If the stem is still firm and not mushy, there's a good chance the plant can recover.
* Provide Shelter: Ti plants benefit from protection during cold weather. If you anticipate freezing temperatures, consider covering the plant with frost cloth or bringing it indoors if possible.
* Encourage New Growth: Ensure the plant receives proper care for recovery. Provide adequate water, but avoid overwatering. Consider applying a balanced fertilizer to encourage new growth.
* Monitor temperature: Keep an eye on weather forecasts, especially during colder seasons. If frost or freezing temperatures are predicted, take preventive measures to protect your Ti plant.
* Patience: Ti plants can be resilient, and new growth is a positive sign. Be patient and allow the plant time to recover. As new leaves emerge, the overall appearance of the plant should improve.
* Consider Microclimates: Planting Ti plants in areas with microclimates or against a warm wall can provide some protection from cold winds and temperatures.
The life expectancy of your Ti plant will depend on the severity of the cold damage and how well it responds to care. With proper attention and protection from future cold snaps, it has the potential to thrive and regain its previous health.