There are many varieties of tradescantia, but the favourite for indoor growing is undoubtedly ‘zebrina’. Known commonly as ‘ inch plants’, for their vigorous growth, they are gorgeous vining plants, perfect for hanging pots. Heart-shaped leaves are striped with green and violet, and have a silver shimmer. They add a romantic elegance to any space.
how this nature nurtures you
Tradescantia are an important plant in the traditional medicine systems of Malaysia, Mexico, Jamaica, and China. They are said to have antibacterial, antioxidant, and antiarrhythmic properties, and may help in the treatment of nervous system ailments such as Alzheimer’s.
They purify the air in our home and boost oxygen. Their vigorous growth and enchanting beauty lift our mood and remind us of nature’s abundant gifts.
how to nurture your nature
ORIGINSouthern Canada and the Americas
WATERThey like to be consistently moist. Water when the surface of the soil feels dry.
LIGHTBright, indirect light
TEMPERATURE!7-30 degrees Celsius
HUMIDITYThey don’t require extra humidity, but enjoy being misted.
TOXICITYMildly toxic to humans and animals
FERTILIZERFeed every month in the spring and summer with an all purpose fertilizer. Apply to damp soil so you don't burn the roots.
Tradescantias enjoy being pruned, and this encourages bushier growth. The stem and leaf cuttings can be used to start new plants. Place them in water, and when roots appear, pot them up in well drained soil.
Watch this video from Planterina on how to grow huge Tradescantia: