The cordyline red sister is an amazing plant to have in your home as it is evergreen and grows rapidly. You can have a large, vibrant, colorful plant taking up a large corner of any bright room in no time.
Add to that the fact that this plant native to Southeast Asia and Eastern Australia is hardy and easy to care for, and you have a winner on your hands.
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A Red Sister Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices
The cordyline red sister plant is a palm-like succulent shrub that will breathe life into any room in any home or office, as long as it is bright enough and you have enough space. This shockingly gorgeous plant will grow up to 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide, but you can manage to keep it a bit smaller than that by pruning it back regularly.
Still, it is not meant to be a small plant, so be sure to pot it in a large planter then repot again in three or four years. The red sister will clean the air in your room, all day and all night long. You can’t go wrong with that.
Are Red Sister Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?
As if those benefits weren’t enough, Cordyline plants are also considered sacred good luck plants in Australian and Indonesian cultures, including in the feng shui tradition. They were considered highly valuable plants in ancient Hawaiian cultures and were identified as special plants of the gods.
For more on the fascinating subject of feng shui, including proper placement and flow of energy, I have linked this master class article on how to use Feng Shui.
Are Red Sister Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?
The cordyline red sister plant is easy to grow and maintain. You just need to take a few things into consideration.
How Do Red Sister Plants Grow?
The red sister plant grows fast and well with enough light and water.
What Kind of Soil Does a Red Sister Plant Need?
You can plant the cordyline in well-draining, indoor houseplant soil that will hold moisture for this palm.
You can ensure the plant gets enough moisture by planting it in a pot with plenty of holes and by adding perlite to the soil to help it drain well.
How Much Light Does a Red Sister Plant Need?
This bright red, maroon, and burgundy plant needs plenty of indirect sunlight.
It is a tropical plant, but it does not want full sun as it usually sits under the shade of much larger tropical trees. Be careful not to put it in a position to get burnt.
How Much Water Does a Red Sister Plant Need?
Unlike many succulent plants, which prefer a drier soil, this one wants moist soil. It will tolerate being dried out, but it would rather you keep it regularly watered. You just have to strike the right balance and don’t overwater it.
Of course, watering a plant correctly is not easy. For more tips, check out my other article for signs, tips, and tricks to avoiding these watering mistakes.
Other Conditions that Are Important to a Red Sister Plant
One thing many people don’t realize is that the cordyline red sister plant loves humidity. It is, after all, a tropical plant used to warm weather and warm, moist air.
While it will put up with low humidity, it will not tolerate dry air or direct exposure to an air conditioner or heater. If necessary, you can place a humidifier or mister in the same room as the plant to ensure it will maintain its vibrancy. If you notice the colors of your plant are fading, it may be because it needs more moisture in the air.
With the red sister, as with any plant, a lot of your experience in the early months will be experimental. You’ll have to move it closer to or farther away from a sunny window, you’ll water it more or less as you learn to pay attention to the soil, and you’ll need to monitor the temperature and humidity in the air.
It sounds like a lot, but it’s really not. You’re just developing a relationship with the newest member of your plant family.
Red Sister Plant Decorating Ideas
Such a bright, vivacious plant deserves a front-and-center location. It basically demands it, as it grows so large in all directions.
Find this vibrantly colored palm shrub a large pot in neutral colors, so the plant’s colors can pop. Place it with creams, whites, greens, and grays in terms of other plants or art to accent this enormous foliage.
Do Fake Red Sister Plants Look Real?
If you’re wondering if you can reap all the same benefits with an artificial red sister, you can! While it may not clean the air, even an artificial plant will hold its critical symbolism and brighten up your space.
Some people have allergies and others just don’t want the trouble of caring for a live plant. In that case, you can absolutely invest in a fake version and do great.
Still, you might be wondering if fake plants are off trend. If you are, check out my piece on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.
Whichever way you go, fake or real, a cordyline red sister plant is a great plant to have in your home or office. It will brighten up any space and help you breathe easier, in more ways than one. Buy yourself a red sister plant for your home or office today.
What do you think? How do you care for and decorate with a cordyline red sister plant? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.