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Tradescantia Care

Easy going and low maintenance, Tradescantia plants are fast-growing vining plants perfect for shelves and hangers.

How to care for your Tradescantia

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

Rhoeo Oyster

LIGHT

Your Rhoeo Oyster prefers bright, indirect light. Insufficient light may cause the foliage to fade.

WATER

Water your Rhoeo Oyster when the soil is completely dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Rhoeo Oyster will do great with average room humidity but will appreciate the occasional misting. This also helps to keep leaves clean and pest-free!

TEMPERATURE

Normal room temperature between 60-80 degrees is perfect for your Rhoeo Oyster.

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

TOXICITY

Rhoeo Oyster is toxic. Handling it can cause irritation, so always wear gloves when pruning or repotting. Ingestion can cause digestive reaction.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Rhoeo Oyster will produce pups as it matures. These tiny new plants can be trimmed off the “mother” and planted in their own pots.

See also: Common Issues →

Tradescantia Nanouk

LIGHT

Your Tradescantia Nanouk will do best in bright, indirect light but will tolerate low to medium light. If the light is too dim, the leaf stripings may fade and growth will slow.

WATER

Water when the top 50-75% 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.

HUMIDITY

Your bathroom or kitchen would be a great choice for your Tradescantia because it does best in a slightly more humid environment. Feel free to mist your plant frequently.

TEMPERATURE

Your Tradescantia Nanouk will do great in average room temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

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

TOXICITY

Your Tradescantia Nanouk is not pet-friendly.

ADDITIONAL CARE

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.

See also: Common Issues →

Tradescantia Zebrina

LIGHT

Your Tradescantia Zebrina prefers bright indirect light. Insufficient light will cause the vibrant striping on the leaves to fade.

WATER

Water your Tradescantia Zebrina when the top 50%-75% of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

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.

TEMPERATURE

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

FOOD

Feed once every month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

TOXICITY

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

ADDITIONAL CARE

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. 

See also: Common Issues →

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What's a Tradescantia?

Botanical Classification: Tradescantia zebrina

About

Tradescantias are native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala. This plant is a succulent that requires very little extra care and likes to dry out a little between watering. These popular plants appreciate bright, indirect light. They are fast-growers and can be pinched back to make the plant more compact and bushy.

Fun fact

A single stem on your Tradescantia zebrina can grow up to six feet long!

Pictured Left: Tradescantia Zebrina
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If the vines of your Tradescantia become too long, simply trim with sharp, clean scissors and push the cut end an inch or two into the soil. Roots will develop and your plant will become more full!
- Plant Mom

Tradescantia Zebrina

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