Plant Care Small-Leaf Spiderwort
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Small-Leaf Spiderwort

4.7 out of 5 (83 experiences)

Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

Inch Plant or Wandering Jew, Tradescantia Tricolour and quicksilver

Taxonomy

Tradescantia fluminensis
Tradescantia
Commelinaceae
Commelinales

What other plant parents say

Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 60
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 46
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 37
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 18
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 18
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 16
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 5
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Kaylene avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort named Bella by Kaylene on Greg, the plant care app
07/18/2021

I love this plant and have gifted cuttings to friends in new pots throughout the years. This plant is so easy to propagate and keep. Trim up the defy vine like stems and put your cuttings in soil. I…

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Cjsplanties avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort named Spiderwort by Cjsplanties on Greg, the plant care app
04/30/2021

I have not been able to kill this thing. I have had to ‘bag’ it twice when watching for pests and each time it has come back with a vengeance. You can propagate really easy in water. Although It does…

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@Laurens99
Ripley, England
Rating of the plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort named spidey props 1 by Laurens99 on Greg, the plant care app
06/12/2021

So so easy to propagate! Just snip off below a node and place in water making sure the node(s) are fully in the water, within a few days roots will start to grow. I change the water every 5 days unti…

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@Billie
Worthing, England
Rating of the plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort named miss purp by Billie on Greg, the plant care app
05/24/2021

the colours are so pretty, and i love how the purple in the leaves get more or less intense depending on how much sunlight you put it in. i haven’t had the plant for too long but it seems like a diff…

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Oroville, CA
Rating of the plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort named Cosmo by Brooklynscheer on Greg, the plant care app
06/05/2021

i’ve had this plant for probably only 2 months and it has already grown at least 4 inches, and putting out new growth and beautiful leaves. i love how it is gonna look once i get it bushy and thrivin…

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Sarahsplants avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort named Nanai by Sarahsplants on Greg, the plant care app
05/30/2021

A gorgeous plant but can get leggy with insufficient light however she’s super easy to propagate and giving some of the leggier stems a trim encourages lots of bushy growth so it’s win-win.

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Oakland, CA
Rating of the plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort named tradescantia by Fluffyruffles on Greg, the plant care app
04/27/2021

This thing roots from cuttings so fast and then it grows even faster. If there’s such a thing as instant gratification when it comes to growing from cuttings, this is it. I love it.

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@Morgan3300
Hackettstown, NJ
Rating of the plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort named Sally by Morgan3300 on Greg, the plant care app
04/11/2021

I like this plant because it’s color is very vibrant pink, but attracts a lot of gnats due to having to be watered frequently, but it is a fast grower.

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@Botanicalli…
Waltham, MA
Rating of the plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort named Alexis Rose by Botanicallizzy on Greg, the plant care app
06/06/2021

I rescued this plant from near death due to shipping during hot summer weather. It’s now abundant and one of the happiest plants in my collection.

Kennagavel avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort named sasha by Kennagavel on Greg, the plant care app
06/18/2021

Grew so quickly, all I do to propagate it is put it in a shot glass full of water and kept topping it off :) grew roots within a few days

How to care for Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Water

How often to water your Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Water needs for Small-Leaf Spiderwort
0.5 cups
every 7

Small-Leaf Spiderwort needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Tucson, AZ.

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 Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Water 0.5 cups every
7

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Small-Leaf Spiderwort in Tucson, AZ

Tucson, AZ

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Growing Small-Leaf Spiderwort in Tucson right now

Light needs for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort in Tucson, AZ

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

July 28th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Tucson is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunlight …

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Light needs for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort in Tucson, AZ

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 3.1% ☀️

July 26th, 2021

Tucson is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tucson is expected to decrease by 3.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 22.0 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort in Tucson, AZ

Daylight will decrease by 0.4 hours 📉

July 28th, 2021

This month, Tucson is getting an average of 13.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 3.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.3 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Small-Leaf Spiderwort in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Small-Leaf Spiderwort 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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Tucson, AZ ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Small-Leaf Spiderwort thrive 🌿!

Nutrients

How to fertilize Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Small-Leaf Spiderwort: 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 Small-Leaf Spiderwort after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Small-Leaf Spiderwort


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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