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Tradescantia is one of the most frequently grown indoor plants, which has gained high popularity due to the huge variety of foliage shades and simple agrotechnology. It is cultivated not only as an independent “green fountain”, decoratively descending from hanging pots, but also “hooked” into outdoor tubs with upright growing tapeworms to create unusual floristic compositions.

There is hardly any other ornamental leaf plant that requires less attention than Tradescantia. Everything types of home Tradescantia feel great even in a glass of water. There are many variants of this ampelous plant of different colors. The most famous of them are as follows. White flowers (Tradescantia albiflora) 'Albovittata' with white stripes on the leaves, Tradescantia albiflora 'Aurea' with almost yellow leaves.

On this page you will learn how to care for different types of Tradescantia at home.

Growing and maintaining Blossfeld’s Tradescantia

Tradescantia Blossfeld (Tradescantia blossfeldiana) It has long fleshy leaves, red from the bottom.

As can be seen in the photo, the Variegata form of this type of tradescantia has cream-green leaves that turn pink in the light:

    • Family: Commelinaseae (Commelinic).
    • Homeland: South America.
    • Location: As light as possible, but protected from direct sun.
  • Temperature: Room; in winter and cooler, not lower than 10 ° C.
  • Air humidity: It carries dry air.
  • Substrate: Flower soil mix.
  • Watering: Maintain moisture.
  • Top dressing: When caring for this homemade tradescantia, fertilizer needs to be applied every 4 week, in the winter feeding is not required.
  • Transfer: It is better to grow new plants every year.
  • Trimming: Regularly trim the tops, then grow thicker.
  • Reproduction: Cuttings.
  • Pests, diseases: Seldom.

How to care for pale tradescantia

У tradescantia pale (Tradescantia pallida, earlier: Setcreasea) leaves and shoots are dark purple and covered with a gentle fuzz. With a lack of light, they become dark green. In the summer, small lavender flowers often appear in the leaf sinuses. Best of all the plant looks like an ampel.

  • Family: Commelinaceae (Commelinic).
  • Homeland: Mexico.
  • Location: Light but not direct sun. In the summer it is best outside in partial shade.
  • Temperature: Room
  • Air humidity: It carries dry air.
  • Substrate: Flower soil mix.
  • Watering: The substrate must be constantly wet, use softened water at room temperature.
  • Top dressing: Every 4 week.
  • Transfer: When caring for this tradescantia at home, you need to replant the plant every six months in a larger pot.
  • Trimming: Trim faded shoots.
  • Reproduction: Apical cuttings.
  • Pests, diseases: Seldom.

Important! Do not spray. It may cause mold. The "red leaf" is well combined with white-green tradescantia.

Caring for Tradescantia Reo

Rao or Tradescantia edematous (Tradescantia spathacea, earlier: Rhoeo discolor)

It has lanceolate leaves up to 30 cm long and 5-7 cm wide with green top and red bottom. Leaves grow sparse rosette.

Look at the photo - the Vittata variety of this type of room tradescantia has yellow longitudinal stripes on the leaves, which become very pink in very intense light:

  • Family: Commelinaceae (Commelinic).
  • Homeland: Tropical Central America.
  • Location: Light, in a dark place dull. Protect from the sun.
  • Temperature: Room, not below 18 ° C. Roots keep warm.
  • Air humidity: 50%, provide artificially.
  • Substrate: Flower soil mix.
  • Watering: When growing this Tradescantia, you only need to maintain moisture, avoid stagnant overmoistening.
  • Top dressing: In the summer every week, in the winter once a week in 4.
  • Transfer: Every year.
  • Reproduction: Side shoots, seeds.
  • Pests, diseases: Seldom.

Important! Drainage pot should be good. The plant does not tolerate overwetting. For hydroponics use warm water!

Growing Zebrain Tradescantia

Zebrin Tradescantia (Tradescantia zebrina, earlier: Zebrina)

The unpretentious decorative ampelnoj a plant, develops quickly. Slightly elongated leaves have 2 silver longitudinal stripes and a purple underside. The Discolor variety of this type of room tradescantia has a dark stripe in the center. Tradescantia zebrina Quadricolor has pink, cream and silver flowers.

  • Family: Commelinaceae (Commelinic).
  • Homeland: Central America.
  • Location: Light, but without direct sun. With a lack of light, colors dim.
  • Temperature: Heat.
  • Air humidity: Carries dry room air.
  • Substrate: Flower soil mix.
  • Watering: Moderate. With a slightly dry substrate the paints are more attractive.
  • Top dressing: For the right care when growing this tradescantia, you need to apply fertilizer only in the summer, once a week in 2.
  • Transfer: If necessary, it is better to grow each year young plants.
  • Trimming: Regularly trim the tops, then grow thicker.
  • Reproduction: Stems.
  • Pests, diseases: Seldom. Zebrins of various colors on the trellis look very beautiful.

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