Tradescantia Zebrina, aka Silver Inch Plant, Tradescantia pendula, or Tradescantia Tricolour, is probably the plant you think of when you hear the word Tradescantia since it is often seen in gardens, planters, and houseplant collections. The clusters of purple and silver striped leaves, along with the trailing stems, create a beautiful display in hanging planters. Handle your plant carefully as its fleshy stems and leaves can break easily.
They enjoy some direct sun, but they'll also do well in bright, indirect light. It is best to place this plant somewhere where it will receive some nice morning sun, or a couple hours of afternoon sun, and then indirect light the rest of the day.
They will do well in medium light but will grow faster with brighter light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
They can live in any average home humidity condition and are fairly hardy.
Tradescantia require very little maintenance overall, but pinching the stem tips will help them stay compact while promoting branching. For this plant, in particular, brighter light helps keep the plant healthy and full, keeping the leaves that striking purple colour, they will fade to green in lower light levels. To propagate, cut 3-inch segments, remove the lower leaves, and place them in a glass jar on a windowsill!
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.