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'Inch Plant' Tradescantia


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The plant picture is for illustrative purposes and the specimens for this variety are generally much more established. You can see the leaf type clearly.

Foliage: Fleshy oval or lance shaped leaves are produced from the pendant stems (growing a couple of feet or so long). These small leaves have a shiny appearance and grow to about 2 - 4 inches long with pointed tips. In the wild or grown in gardens (grown as a bedding plant) stems take root at the nodes, but indoors in a hanging basket or container they grow and hang over the sides.

Flowering: The small non showy flowers are white in color, appearing during summer usually and at other times (depending on the conditions). These flowers appear in clusters, and display three small petals.

Care level and growing: These plants are pretty simple to care for and maintain, although providing plenty of bright light is important. Tradescatia naturally become spindly and need to be pruned regularly and pinching stems will encourage fuller growth, improving it's appearance.

Advice from

Temperature: Average indoor temperatures of 65-75ºF (18-24ºC) are suitable, and no lower than 50ºF (10ºC).
Light: Enough light is vital for this plant to grow well, and prevent spindly growth. South or east facing rooms are best without too much direct sun (some direct sun is appreciated).
Watering: Water thoroughly from April - October keeping the soil moist - and then much less during November - March.
Soil: A well draining peat based potting mix is suitable. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite can be used.
Re-Potting: Re-pot once the plant has outgrown it's present container or every 2 years.
Fertilizer: Feed from April - October with a balanced diluted fertilizer every 2 weeks.
Humidity: Average indoor humidity should be fine. To improve humidity mist the leaves frequently.
Propagation: Very easy to propagate with 3 - 5 inch soft wood stem cuttings. Remove all but 1 or 2 leaves and place in a pot with moist potting mix within a warm and bright setting. Within 3 - 6 weeks you will see new growth appearing. It doesn't get much simpler than this.
Pruning: When the plant becomes leggy prune back the stems and pinch stem tips, during spring or summer.