4.7 out of 5 (111 experiences)
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.
Also known as
Inch Plant or Wandering Jew, Tradescantia Tricolour and quicksilver
How to care for Small-Leaf Spiderwort
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.
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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…
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 …
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…
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 ⛅.
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.
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…
What other plant parents say
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 ☺️