Plant Spotlight: Tradescantia

Plant Spotlight: Tradescantia

Welcome back to our Plant Spotlight series! This week, we’re getting to know the amigo that's always in the top charts - Tradescantia plants.

Originating from the Americas, Tradescantias are renowned for their colorful leaves that come in a variety of hues, from deep purples to vivid greens and stripes. Variety is the spice of life, right? Tradescantias are also known to have symbolic significance in some cultures - they are often associated with resilience, adaptability, and the ability to thrive in diverse environments, making them popular gifts for loved ones facing challenges or transitions. Their easy-care nature also makes them top picks for both indoor and outdoor gardens!

There are over 70 recognized species of Tradescantia plants, with many cultivars and hybrids, and each boast their own unique look. Some of the more popular varieties include Nanouk, Pink Panther, Sunny Star, and Moses in the Cradle. So popular in fact, the Tradescantia Sunny Star was a best seller for the month of January!

Caring for a Tradescantia

Light: Tradescantias thrive in bright light, indirect light, but can tolerate some shade. Be careful not to place directly in the sunlight for too long to avoid any leaf burn!

Watering: Keep soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow top inch of soil to dry out between waterings, and allow excess water to drain after watering.

Pruning: Regular pruning promotes bushy growth and helps maintain plant health. Prune away any browning or dying leaves to make room for new ones!

Fertilizing: Occasional fertilizing during the spring and summer encourages growth and more vibrant, colourful foliage!

Tradescantias are versatile and beautiful plants that add a touch of colour to any indoor or outdoor space. With their unique features and easy-care nature, it’s no wonder why these amigos sit at the popular table. Check them out for yourself!

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