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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.

Purple Heart Tradescantia

LIGHT

Your Tradescantia prefers bright indirect light to direct light. Insufficient light will cause the foliage to fade.

WATER

Water your Tradescantia 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 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

Your Tradescantia will do great in average room temperatures between 60-80°F.

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 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.

Rhoeo Oyster

LIGHT

Give your Oyster Plant indirect bright light to keep the bold colors. It can be in lower light but colors may fade to green.

WATER

Water your Oyster Plant when the top 50% of soil is dry. Water thoroughly until you see it flow out of the drainage hole. Be sure to discard excess water in the saucer to discourage root rot.

HUMIDITY

The Oyster Plant prefers a somewhat humid environment. Mist often, use a pebble tray, or place a humidifier nearby.

TEMPERATURE

A normal room temperature between 60-80°F is perfect for your Rhoeo Oyster.

FOOD

During the growing season from spring to summer, fertilize your plant once a month with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.

TOXICITY

The Oyster Plant is toxic if ingested by humans or pets. Handling can cause skin irritation, so wear gloves when pruning or repotting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

As your Oyster Plant matures, it will produce pups. These can be taken out of the pot once their roots are established and planted in their own pot.

Tradescantia Nanouk

LIGHT

Give your Tradescantia Nanouk indirect bright light to keep the bold colors. It can be in lower light but colors will fade.

WATER

Water when the soil volume is 50% dry. Water thoroughly until you see it flow out of the drainage hole. Discard any excess water in the dish to discourage root rot.

HUMIDITY

The Tradescantia Nanouk does well in average household humidity, but will like the occasional misting.

TEMPERATURE

Your Tradescantia Nanouk prefers temperatures between 60-80°F.

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

The Tradescantia Nanouk is toxic to humans and pets in ingested.

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.

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. 

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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

Tradescantia Zebrina

This eye-catching plant is easy to grow and thrives in almost any environment with low light to bright direct light. Boasting attractive, vining purple and green leaves with silver stripes, the Tradescantia Zebrina is ideal for hanging baskets and plant hangers.
very easy, perfect for beginners, bright indirect light
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