Plant Care Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Small-Leaf Spiderwort

4.7 out of 5 (111 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

Small-Leaf Spiderwort is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and easy to propagate with a whopping 2006 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Small-Leaf Spiderwort likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Small-Leaf Spiderwort belongs to the tradescantia genus, and is native to Southeastern and Southern Brazil to Northern Argentina.

Taxonomy

Tradescantia fluminensis
Tradescantia
Commelinaceae
Commelinales

Also known as

Inch Plant or Wandering Jew, 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 New York.

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?

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 New York

New York, New York

30% Very Low

Growing Small-Leaf Spiderwort in New York right now

Light needs for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort in New York

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

January 16th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in New York is currently very low 📉.

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

Read more

Light needs for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort in New York

Sunlight will increase by 21.6% ☀️

January 16th, 2022

New York is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New York is expected to increase by 21.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.1 megajoules of energy per m2

Read more

Light needs for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort in New York

Daylight will increase by 0.6 hours 📈

January 16th, 2022

This month, New York is getting an average of 7.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of dayl…

Read more

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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in New York ⛅.

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.

When to repot Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Nutrient needs for plant Small-Leaf Spiderwort in New York

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 15th, 2022

The growing potential in New York is 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 to repo…

Read more

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Small-Leaf Spiderwort can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Humidity
Soil
Fertilizer
Dormancy
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Propagation

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 New York, 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 84
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 63
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 54
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 23
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 23
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 21
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
Small-Leaf Spiderwort has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Kaylies avatar
@Kaylies
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 6,126 XP
globe Leawood, Kansas
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 201 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-1 129 Plants
xp 11,014 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
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 42 Plants
xp 1,049 XP
globe Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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, Arizona
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, Colorado
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 50 Plants
xp 2,544 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
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 421 XP
globe Lisbon, Ohio
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 3 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 11 Plants
xp 413 XP
globe Salt Lake City, Utah
07/16/2021

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

Drkellysgreenhouse avatar
@Drkellysgreenhouse
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 247 XP
globe Fort Collins, Colorado
07/11/2021

Alive and well!!!

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

Sensitive to direct light

Nishlaursen avatar
@Nishlaursen
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 793 XP
globe Arvada, Colorado
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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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 17 Plants
xp 547 XP
globe Denver, Colorado
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 19 Plants
xp 311 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
06/06/2021

Needs sun!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Brooklynscheer avatar
@Brooklynscheer
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,129 XP
globe Oroville, California
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 thriving :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

Trending in your area

Similar to Small-Leaf Spiderwort

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in