4.7 out of 5 (82 experiences)
About Purple Heart
Tradescantia pallida, also known as the purple heart plant, is an exceptionally easy plant to care for and rewards growers with delightful purple blossoms. Their small flowers are heart shaped, which gives them their name. They are extremely easy to propagate by stem and one plant can give rise to dozens of new ones, which makes them great for sharing. 🤝 As houseplants they often trail, but will also creep along the ground if grown outdoors. Their succulent leaves make them sensitive to frost, so be sure to bring them indoors if your winter temperatures dip below freezing. ❄️
Also known as
Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' and Purple Fuzz
How to care for Purple Heart
Purple Heart needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Baltimore, Maryland.
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December 6th, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Baltimore is currently very low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in de…
December 2nd, 2022
Baltimore is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Baltimore is expected to decrease by 27.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.3 megajoules of energy per m2 …
December 5th, 2022
This month, Baltimore is getting an average of 8.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of day…
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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Baltimore, Maryland ⛅.
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.
December 6th, 2022
The growing potential in Baltimore is very low 📉.
Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.
It's best t…
What other plant parents say
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 then I already had to repot twice. Since May. Now I’m not allowing it to grow anymore, let see what winter brings.
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 larger pot. Works very well outside as a planter cover as well. Vibrant beautiful purple leaves and stems with lavender flowers.