Plant Care Purple Heart

Purple Heart

4.7 out of 5 (77 experiences)

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

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. ❄️

Taxonomy

Tradescantia pallida
Tradescantia
Commelinaceae
Commelinales

How to care for Purple Heart

Water

How often to water your Purple Heart

Water needs for Purple Heart
0.5 cups
every 9

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 Tucson, Arizona.

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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

Plant care guide for Purple Heart in Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

60% Medium

Growing Purple Heart in Tucson right now

Light needs for plant Purple Heart in Tucson, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 2nd, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Tucson is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…

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Light needs for plant Purple Heart in Tucson, Arizona

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 19.7% ☀️

December 3rd, 2021

Tucson is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tucson is expected to decrease by 19.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant Purple Heart in Tucson, Arizona

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 3rd, 2021

This month, Tucson is getting an average of 10.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.9 total hours of dayli…

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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..️

Tucson, Arizona currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Purple Heart is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Purple Heart

Purple Heart

Purple Heart


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Purple Heart has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 51
Purple Heart has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 46
Purple Heart has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 44
Purple Heart has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 16
Purple Heart has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 12
Purple Heart has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 8
Purple Heart has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
Purple Heart has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Gendronne avatar
@Gendronne
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 1,693 XP
globe München, Bayern
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 then I already had to repot twice. Since May. Now I’m not allowing it to grow anymore, let see what winter brings.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Userofweed avatar
@Userofweed
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP
globe Altha, Florida
08/19/2021

One of my Mom’s favorites, very easy to grow in containers or garden

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Kaitlyn avatar
@Kaitlyn
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 643 XP
globe Denver, Colorado
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 nonetheless, and has grown quite a bit from the little plug it started from.

Fast grower Fast grower
Yuckybbys avatar
@Yuckybbys
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 81 XP
globe Richmond, Virginia
07/14/2021

they grow fast in the right conditions!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Skate4dwire avatar
@Skate4dwire
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 107 XP
globe Phoenix, Arizona
07/09/2021

Very easy to grow, just plot it in the dirt!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Michael avatar
@Michael
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 79 XP
07/06/2021

Another challenging plant to keep healthy indoors at least for me.

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Deirdre avatar
@Deirdre
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 108 XP
globe Wantagh, New York
06/30/2021

The pink and white leaves are beautiful!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Bouncerdjwife avatar
@Bouncerdjwife
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 92 XP
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 larger pot. Works very well outside as a planter cover as well. Vibrant beautiful purple leaves and stems with lavender flowers.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Cilghal avatar
@Cilghal
leaf-1 108 Plants
xp 4,270 XP
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Angela avatar
@Angela
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 328 XP
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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Ccandtheirplants avatar
@Ccandtheirplants
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 119 XP
06/11/2021

these guys break super easily, but it’s easy to root the broken limbs into new plants

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Peacelali avatar
@Peacelali
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 112 XP
06/11/2021

I just love this plant for its vibrant pink leaves.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Shari0122 avatar
@Shari0122
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 351 XP
globe Allentown, Pennsylvania
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!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Eva avatar
@Eva
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 420 XP
globe Derby, England
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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Angelpadilla avatar
@Angelpadilla
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 378 XP
06/03/2021

It has been a joy to see the purples and greens mess and how it bring so much color to my room.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Rossle avatar
@Rossle
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 151 XP
globe Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
05/26/2021

lov

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Expiredpeach avatar
@Expiredpeach
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 250 XP
05/19/2021

Super pretty ☹️ i just love it

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Uriah avatar
@Uriah
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 85 XP
globe Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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 a crisp and up and away from cats!

Survivor Survivor
Shan511 avatar
@Shan511
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 902 XP
globe Cheney, Kansas
05/15/2021

Beautiful fast growth. Propagate by cutting and placing directly in dirt... super fast grower!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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