Plant Care Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Small-Leaf Spiderwort

4.7 out of 5 (115 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

About Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Tradescantia fluminensis is an exceptionally easy plant to care for and rewards growers with delightful white blossoms. 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 fluminensis
Tradescantia
Commelinaceae
Commelinales

Also known as

Inch Plant, Tradescantia tricolour and Quicksilver

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 9

Small-Leaf Spiderwort needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Houston, Texas.

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Plant care guide for Small-Leaf Spiderwort in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

58% Medium

Growing Small-Leaf Spiderwort in Houston right now

Light needs for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort in Houston, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 2nd, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort in Houston, Texas

Sunlight will decrease by 19.7% ☀️

December 1st, 2022

Houston is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Houston is expected to decrease by 19.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.3 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort in Houston, Texas

Daylight will decrease by 0.7 hours 📉

December 2nd, 2022

This month, Houston is getting an average of 9.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 6.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 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..️

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

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Small-Leaf Spiderwort is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Small-Leaf Spiderwort


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 87
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 65
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 54
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 24
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 23
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 20
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Mariansoasis avatar
@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 7,220 XP
globe Solana Beach, CA
03/22/2022

Pretty to look at. Can flower if right conditions. Such colorful foliage!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Kaylies avatar
@Kaylies
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 8,472 XP
globe Leawood, KS
01/13/2022

These things grow like crazy! My first one didn’t turn out as well as this one. They are really pretty to hang on a shelf.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Madi avatar
@Madi
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 562 XP
12/19/2021

The small-leaf spiderwort was one of my first plants in my “collection” and it was an EASY way to start. I picked it up at Lowes thinking it would be a good indoor hanging plant. Before I knew much about watering schedules and the importance of repotting, this poor little plant was surviving in the worst conditions. I watered it way too much, and it had super old, crummy soil with a plastic pot and no drainage. Eventually, I repotted it in a terracotta pot with a drainage hole and fresh soil and figured out a good watering schedule; my small-leaf DRASTICALLY improved after that. Not that it wasn’t doing well before, but it really grew after that. I’ve propagated it dozens of times and it doesn’t matter where or how you cut it. 10/10 plant for beginners.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 86 Plants
xp 14,504 XP
globe Washington, DC
11/28/2021

Very fast grower. Pretty easy to take care of, doesn’t really need anything special.

Fast grower Fast grower
Yulia avatar
@Yulia
leaf-1 49 Plants
xp 1,470 XP
globe Eagleville, PA
11/15/2021

It’s an ok plant but mine also got fungus. On the plus it is still alive.

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Bursill96 avatar
@Bursill96
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 619 XP
globe Peterborough, England
08/21/2021

Love love love this plant! She grows super fast in my east facing window, doesn’t like direct sun and will burn her leaves. However, super chill plant that is easy to care for. And beautiful to look at! Serves best in a hanging planter.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Saltygoose avatar
@Saltygoose
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 557 XP
globe Phoenix, AZ
08/10/2021

Love love love this plant! Grows so fast and is very beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kaitlyn avatar
@Kaitlyn
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 643 XP
globe Denver, CO
08/03/2021

This one was a random Trader Joe’s find about a year ago. I had been hoping to stumble upon this one somewhere as the PINK is lovely, and I got luckily.

It’s been a tremendous grower- probably double in length since I’ve picked it up. It isn’t fussy- I haven’t even repotted it yet so it’s sitting in whatever soil it was in at TJ’s. Has done really well in two locations close to a window, but getting filtered/indirect light.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Plantmawma avatar
@Plantmawma
leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 3,409 XP
globe Minneapolis, MN
07/29/2021

Beautiful but browns often and easily

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Marcy avatar
@Marcy
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 658 XP
globe Lisbon, OH
07/21/2021

This plant does well in sunlight. And shade. First year having it. Works well so far.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Kaylene avatar
@Kaylene
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 74 XP
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. In a week or two you’ll have a fully rooted and growing plant.
I will say it can me leggy and the leaves can get brown near the soil, BUT this is easy to fix with more sun. I’ve found that the brown leaves or leggy situation can be avoided with proper sunlight and rotation.
The great thing about this plant is, if it does not look the way you want, you can literally start a whole new one by cutting off healthy parts. After you do that you can uproot unhealthy plant, the. stick the cut stems in the soil to create a new plant!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Janelehnhof avatar
@Janelehnhof
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 547 XP
globe Salt Lake City, UT
07/16/2021

I love this plant because it is easy to take care of and is gorgeous

Butrfly4724 avatar
@Butrfly4724
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 452 XP
globe Fort Collins, CO
07/11/2021

Alive and well!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Jessica avatar
@Jessica
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 48 XP
globe Greenfield, CA
06/28/2021

Sensitive to direct light

Nishlaursen avatar
@Nishlaursen
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 803 XP
globe Arvada, CO
06/22/2021

Love the variegated leaves with purple hue. Super easy plant that is easy to care for and doesn’t mind being neglected a bit.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Ally000000 avatar
@Ally000000
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 69 XP
06/21/2021

super easy!! and it’s so pretty

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kennagavel avatar
@Kennagavel
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 233 XP
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

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Laurens99 avatar
@Laurens99
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,282 XP
globe Denby Village, England
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 until they have enough roots to pot into soil and a clean pot ☺️

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Meeezzy avatar
@Meeezzy
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 565 XP
globe Denver, CO
06/06/2021

Super fast grower and very easy to propagate

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Mahrilee avatar
@Mahrilee
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 321 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
06/06/2021

Needs sun!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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