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Tradescantia Zebrina

A native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala, the Tradescantia Zebrina is an easy and fast-growing plant that is loved for its boldly colored leaves and vining growth.

How to care for your Tradescantia Zebrina

Use these instructions to care for a Tradescantia Zebrina. This guide will tell you how to water a Tradescantia Zebrina; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Tradescantia Zebrina


Your Tradescantia Zebrina requires bright, indirect light. If the light is too dim, the leaf stripings will fade.


Keep the soil moist, as it is best not to let your Tradescantia Zebrina become too dry. Water when the top inch of soil is dry and be sure to water the soil underneath the leaves. Don’t worry if you forget once in a while—it will occasionally tolerate a missed watering. Look out for drooping yellow leaves, they are a symptom of too much water.


Your bathroom or kitchen would be a great choice for your Tradescantia Zebrina because it does best in a slightly more humid environment. Feel free to mist your plant frequently. If the humidity is too low the leaves will start to brown.


Tradescantia Zebrinas prefer average to warm temperatures of 55–80 degrees during the day and above 50 degrees at night.


Feed monthly in the spring through fall with a general purpose indoor plant fertilizer at half strength. Before applying fertilizer in any form, make sure the soil is damp.


Your Tradescantia Zebrina is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion may cause mouth and stomach irritation.


Pinching back the long vines encourages branching and increases the fullness of the plant. To do this, simply ‘pinch’ off at a joint or at the tender new growth at the end of the stem. 

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If the vines of your Tradescantia Zebrina become too long, simply trim with sharp, clean scissors and place the trimmed end back into the soil. Roots will develop on the newly trimmed vine and your plant will fill out!
- Plant Mom

Tradescantia Zebrina

Eye-catching plant with purple vining leaves
very easy, perfect for beginners, bright indirect light
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