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All About Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’

Posted on December 12 2022

The Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’ is a tropical shrub with broad green leaves with burgundy undersides and bright pink stems. The leaves are arranged on the stem in a fan shape which highlights the vibrant coloring of this plant. This plant can be enjoyed outdoors during the summer and moved indoors during the winter or in colder climates.

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Singapore Twist
    • About the Family: The Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’ is a member of the agavoideae family, so it is a relative of both Agave and Yucca plants.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Asparagaceae (Family), Cordyline (Genus),  Cordyline fruticosa (Species)
    • Hometown: The under-canopy of warm, humid rainforests of Hawaii and Southeast Asia.

    How to Care for Your Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’:

    • Watering: Water when the soil surface dries out.
    • Humidity: Average to high. 
    • Soil: Well-draining soil. 
    • Fertilizer: Fertilize every four weeks during the growing season. Do not fertilize during dormancy.
    • Environment: Keep your Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’ in bright, indirect light.
    • Propagation: The easiest method is division during repotting.
    • Toxicity: Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’ is toxic to dogs and cats.

    The Best Unboxing Practices:

    Properly caring for your newly unboxed Cordyline fruticosa for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
    • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Cordyline fruticosa until it exhibits the proper signs.
    • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
    • Lighting: Place your plant in filtered, medium direct light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’ to your desired location in partial sunlight that fits its care needs afterward.

    What You’re Getting:

    • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 10” diameter plant approximately 36" tall. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

    What Makes Us Special:

    • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
    • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
    • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
    • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
    • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’, reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
    • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’ and possible resolutions.
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    FAQ about Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’:

    • How big does Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’ grow? The Singapore Twist can grow to about 8 feet high and 3 feet wide.
    • How do you prune a Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist?’ You can prune any Cordyline stalks that appear too tall, lanky or unattractive to you throughout the growing season. You can safely cut stems back to about 12 inches above the soil level to promote branching. New shoots will sprout from the cut as well as from lower areas of the stem. This also serves to control the ti plant's size.
    • Do Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist’s have deep roots? A Cordyline sends down long and deep roots, almost like an underground extension to its truck and then has lots of smaller fibre like roots. If you are planting a Cordyline in a pot, it is best to plant it in a tall pot so the roots have room to grow down deep.
    • When is the best time to move a Cordyline fruticosa ‘Singapore Twist?’ It is best to uproot and move a Cordyline in early spring while it's still dormant.

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