Tradescantia Purple Heart
Tradescantia Pallida, aka Setcreasea purpurea or Purple Heart Plant, is another stunner to add to your collection. With bunches of purple, elongated leaves, its sprawling stems are known to cascade, making them ideal decorative accents displayed in hanging baskets, especially when delicate, pink flowers begin to appear in the summer. Handle your plant carefully as its fleshy stems and leaves can break easily, similar to other Tradescantia.
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 thrive in medium to bright light, but also can tolerate low light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. They can be placed almost anywhere in the room but remember, 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 will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate a little bit of humidity if provided, give them a mist daily or get a humidifier.
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.