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Tradescantia Care

Zebrina (wandering jew, inch plant), Setcreasea (purple heart), Siderasis (spiderwort)


Place plant in a bright location with some direct sun autumn to spring, avoid direct sun in the summer.  Grow Siderasis (spiderwort) variety in semi-shade.


Water regularly spring to autumn allowing the top 2 or 3 inches of soil to dry out slightly between waterings.  Water more sparingly in the winter. Mist leaves occasionally.  


Average room temperature, a minimum of 10 °C in the winter.  


Feed a tradescantia monthly during growing season with a water-soluble houseplant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. 


Some varieties of tradescantia have vines that can get very long and leggy as the plant matures. Don’t hesitate to prune when needed.  When pruning, always cut off the long stems just above a leaf node (where the leaf is attached to the stem). It can often take time for trimmed stems to bush out again, so be patient.

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