Tradescantia cerinthoides grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Tradescantia also known as Spiderwort, Tradescantia cerinthoides perennial evergreen or annual in colder climate used as ornamental plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropics, temperate or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 9b+ as perennial with the right overwinter care in hardiness zone 9a and hardiness zone 3+ as annual plant.

Tradescantia cerinthoides leaves and flowers

Leaves color green with red or purple in the bottom of the leaf, elliptic shape with pointed top and hairy leaf.

Flower color purple, triangle shape flower that assembled by 3 triangle petals.

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How to grow Tradescantia cerinthoides growing and care:

Strong plant without special requirement but the plant prefer: moist soil, humidity, rich soil, space to crawl

How to care:
When the plant young to add mulch to keep the moist of the soil, pruning once a year better after blooming season, add once a year organic matter

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction – propagate by cutting or bending a branch over and covering it with soil

How to propagate by cutting:
Propagate by cuttings – cut stem and better to cut stem with at least 3 leaves, put it in the soil keep the soil moist and high humidity, cutting season spring to early summer another option cuttings in water need to switch every few days the water and after grow few roots to put in the soil or to wait more and put fertilizer

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier start from cutting than to start by seeds although germination also easy and when grow as annual better to start by cutting

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Invasive, aggressive

Planting season:
Spring as annual plant or in hardiness zone 9, spring to summer in hardiness zone 10a, spring to autumn 10b-11a, all year in hardiness zone 11b+

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, mealy bug

Pruning season:
All year, better in the winter and after blooming season

How to prune:
Dead leaves and bloom stems

Size of the plant:
10-30 cm, 4-12 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water to small amount of water and can be drought tolerant

Light requirements and conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full sun, half shade, full shade – possible but need to know that without enough light the plants won’t bloom the plant need a lot of hours of indirect sunlight

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, but in order to bloom need to be mature and that mean place to grow

How to grow indoors
Choose location with light (better with even with little sun), artificial home light won’t be enough and indirect light will do the job

Growing is also possible in a pots, planter, flowerpot, containers:
Yes, start with container size minimum 5L to 10L (2.6-5.2 gallons) better bigger than the root ball at least 200% (the plant grow very fast), every time that the roots fill the pot need to switch to bigger or to prune the roots and the leaves and re-plant it also better to switch the soil every few years, better to use potting mix or peat soil with perlite, mix it with humus and organic matter, use chopped mulch to keep the soil moist, let the bottom of the pot fill in water but dry once in a few day.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower:
Triangle shape flower that assembled by 3 triangle petals, flower color purple

How to grow Tradescantia cerinthoides from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Sunny location with good drainage

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark place, better to keep in in the refrigerate before

Sowing season:
Spring to summer

How to plant:
Plant in light soil with good drainage

Planting spacing:
20*30cm (8*12 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
0.5-1cm (0.25-0.5inches)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil with light humidity

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water, keep soil moist but not over water and don’t let it dry

Germination time:
2-8 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, regularly water, keep the soil moist

Scientific name:

Tradescantia cerinthoides

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