Plant Care longbract spiderwort

longbract spiderwort

About longbract spiderwort

longbract spiderwort is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

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

longbract spiderwort belongs to the tradescantia genus, and is native to the Central United States.


Tradescantia bracteata

Also known as

longbract spiderwort and prairie spiderwort

How to care for longbract spiderwort


How often to water your longbract spiderwort

Water needs for longbract spiderwort
0.5 cups
every 9

longbract spiderwort needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for longbract spiderwort in your home

Light needs and placement for plant longbract spiderwort: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

longbract 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.

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How to fertilize longbract spiderwort

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for longbract 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 longbract spiderwort after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

longbract 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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Care Summary for longbract spiderwort

longbract spiderwort

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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