Plant Care Tradescantia Zebrina

Tradescantia Zebrina

About Tradescantia Zebrina

This cultivar of Tradescantia zebrina is an exceptionally easy plant to care for and might surprise you with some of their delightful white and purple blossoms. Their leaves have characteristic stripes, which is where they get the name Zebrina! 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 zebrina 'Purple Joy'
Tradescantia
Commelinaceae
Commelinales

How to care for Tradescantia Zebrina

Water

How often to water your Tradescantia Zebrina

Water needs for Tradescantia Zebrina
0.5 cups
every 9

Tradescantia Zebrina needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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 Tradescantia Zebrina

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Tradescantia Zebrina in Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

37% Low

Growing Tradescantia Zebrina in Charlotte right now

Light needs for plant Tradescantia Zebrina in Charlotte, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

February 6th, 2023

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

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

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Light needs for plant Tradescantia Zebrina in Charlotte, North Carolina

Sunlight will increase by 35.3% ☀️

February 6th, 2023

Charlotte is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Charlotte is expected to increase by 35.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.0 megajoules of energy per …

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Light needs for plant Tradescantia Zebrina in Charlotte, North Carolina

Daylight will increase by 0.9 hours 📈

February 2nd, 2023

This month, Charlotte is getting an average of 6.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 9.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 total hours of da…

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Finding light for Tradescantia Zebrina in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Tradescantia Zebrina: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Tradescantia Zebrina 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 Charlotte, North Carolina ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Tradescantia Zebrina

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

When to repot Tradescantia Zebrina

Nutrient needs for plant Tradescantia Zebrina in Charlotte, North Carolina

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

February 5th, 2023

The growing potential in Charlotte 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 rep…

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Care Summary for Tradescantia Zebrina

Tradescantia Zebrina

Tradescantia Zebrina


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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