Plant Care Purple Heart
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Purple Heart

4.8 out of 5 (70 experiences)

Purple Heart has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Purple Heart has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Taxonomy

Tradescantia pallida
Tradescantia
Commelinaceae
Commelinales

What other plant parents say

Purple Heart has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 47
Purple Heart has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 43
Purple Heart has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 42
Purple Heart has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 16
Purple Heart has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
Purple Heart has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Purple Heart has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
Purple Heart has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Bouncerdjwife avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Purple Heart named Poppy by Bouncerdjwife on Greg, the plant care app
06/19/2021

This is a great plant for hanging or climbing. If you give it more shade or it gets root bound it will turn green. It grows quickly so keep an eye on the roots. If it gets rooted just give it a large…

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@Gendronne
München, Bayern
Rating of the plant Purple Heart named Purple Heart by Gendronne on Greg, the plant care app
09/02/2021

Like any tradescantia these are basically gonna thrive the minute you keep them hydrated and in partial sun. I started this monster of a plant in May from a cutting (with one tiny sad stem) and since…

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@Kaitlyn
Denver, Colorado
Rating of the plant Purple Heart named Purple Palida by Kaitlyn on Greg, the plant care app
08/03/2021

Pretty low maintenance plant, as I think most are in this family. I’ve personally had a hard time keeping its purple coloring- despite it getting pretty bright light. It seems happy enough nonetheles…

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@Uriah
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Rating of the plant Purple Heart named Delilah by Uriah on Greg, the plant care app
05/18/2021

This plant is a SURVIVOR in my house hold. The amount of times I have thought I had killed to plant, or my cats had... it always comes back! I finally moved into a place where it will not be burnt to…

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@Caitlin
Kings Mills, Ohio
Rating of the plant Purple Heart named Arrow by Caitlin on Greg, the plant care app
04/30/2021

Not the prettiest but adds a pop of color to the green succulents! It also has been such a fighter I left town for about a month and came back and it was as alive as ever:) not much maintenance requi…

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Cilghal avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Purple Heart named Cleopatra by Cilghal on Greg, the plant care app
06/18/2021

Honestly, this is one of the easiest plants I’ve ever had. I received a cutting from a friend and two weeks later there was roots all over and new growth. It’s a beautiful color as well.

Angela avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Purple Heart named Sherlock by Angela on Greg, the plant care app
06/15/2021

This was a cutting from the state capitol. Dies back in the winter, so I brought it in the house and it is doing fantastic. My daughter broke a piece off and this is the broken piece.

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@Eva
Derby, England
Rating of the plant Purple Heart named georginas :) by Eva on Greg, the plant care app
06/06/2021

didnt realise this until today but purple hearts can even flower! they’re the ideal plant for over wateres and generally a great survivor under any conditions! my fave plant

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@Plantlife
Miami, Florida
Rating of the plant Purple Heart named Magenta by Plantlife on Greg, the plant care app
05/07/2021

Grew her from a cutting. She is low maintenance and can survive missing some waterings. But, she really thrives when she is watered regularly.

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@Shari0122
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Rating of the plant Purple Heart named Your plant by Shari0122 on Greg, the plant care app
06/10/2021

I should name her survivor! I dropped her and broken almost every piece of it off. She’s coming back with a vengeance. You go girl!

How to care for Purple Heart

Water

How often to water your Purple Heart

Water needs for Purple Heart
0.5 cups
every 7

Purple Heart needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Purple Heart

Water 0.5 cups every
7

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Purple Heart in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Purple Heart: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Purple Heart may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Purple Heart in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Purple Heart

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Purple Heart: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Purple Heart after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Purple Heart

Purple Heart

Purple Heart


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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