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Tradescantia zebrina

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Description

This classic Tradescantia zebrina or Inch plant features a striking combination of shiny, fuzzy, purple and green striped leaves. An easy going, vining plant that will look lovely hanging from a shelf or macrame hanger.

Size: 7cm diameter

Origin: North East Mexico

Care

Light: Very bright indirect light or filtered sun

Humidity: Low - Moderate

Temperature: 12-24ºC

Watering: Allow the top 2-3 cm of the soil to dry between waterings while the plant is actively growing, usually from spring through autumn. Reduce watering frequency in winter when light levels are lower.

Feeding: Use half the recommended dose of a balanced liquid fertilizer every 6-8 weeks from spring through summer.

Soil: Tradescantias need well draining soil. You can use Multipurpose/houseplant potting mix mixed with perlite and horticultural sand.

Troubleshooting: Tradescantias are fast growers and as they grow they sheld old leaves. This may be the reason that some leaves at the base of the plant turn brown and die. If you like your plant to be neat, trim the old, crispy leaves. A good watering routine may reduce the amount of crispy leaves.

Tip: This plant can be toxic if ingested, so we advise to keep it away from pets and children. This tradescantia will display its best colour when exposed to very bright conditions.

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