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Tradescantia Varieties & Care

Tradescantia Varieties & Care

July 30, 2022

Also, commonly referred to as the Spiderwort, the Tradescantia plant is a striking houseplant with varied foliage colors. The Tradescantia species is a common option for houseplant growers because it doubles as a standard and trailing houseplant. Native to the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America, this species has all the beautiful appeal of tropical plants without the fuss.

Watering: Allow to dry out a bit between waterings, but be mindful not to leave dry for too long. This plant is drought tolerant but only to an extent.
Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sun as this will scorch your tradescantia's leaves.
Humidity Needs: Low - Colorado household humidity is sufficient. 
Soil Preference: 
A well-draining general potting mix is ideal.
Will benefit from a well-balanced fertilizer applied 2x/month during spring/summer months. 
Once roots begin to fill pot or emerge from the bottom. Will tolerate being somewhat pot-bound.
Pet Safe: No
Common Issues: 
Yellowing leaves due to overwatering or being allowed to sit in water. Check often for pest infestations from aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs. Use a recommended insecticide to combat pest infestation in severe cases.

Tradescantia Varieties

*Not a comprehensive list of varieties

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