Plant Care White Velvet

White Velvet

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 01/24/2023

4.5 out of 5 (12 experiences)

White Velvet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
White Velvet has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About White Velvet

Tradescantia sillamontana, also known as the White Velvet plant, is an exceptionally easy plant to care for and rewards growers with delightful purple 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. 🤝 Their succulent leaves make them sensitive to frost, so be sure to bring them indoors if your winter temperatures dip below freezing. ❄️

Taxonomy

Tradescantia sillamontana
Tradescantia
Commelinaceae
Commelinales

Also known as

Cobweb Spiderwort, White Gossamer Plant and Cobweb Wandering Dude

How to care for White Velvet

💦 Water

How often to water your White Velvet

Water needs for White Velvet
0.5 cups
every 9

White Velvet 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.

Calculate water needs of White Velvet

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for White Velvet in your home

Light needs and placement for plant White Velvet: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

White Velvet 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.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of White Velvet in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize White Velvet

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

White Velvet 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!

Common White Velvet Problems →


💦 Water Needs

White Velvet prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

White Velvet Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

White Velvet may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

White Velvet Light Requirements →

White Velvet Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

White Velvet is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

White Velvet Toxicity to Cats →

White Velvet Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

White Velvet doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

White Velvet Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

White Velvet does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for White Velvet →

When and How to Successfully Repot White Velvet →


💩 Fertilizer

White Velvet should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize White Velvet →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for White Velvet to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

White Velvet is native to the Americas.


🌸 Flowers

White Velvet produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

White Velvet Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

White Velvet grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune White Velvet →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
White Velvet can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

White Velvet Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

White Velvet can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate White Velvet →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in White Velvet, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for White Velvet

White Velvet

White Velvet


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

White Velvet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
White Velvet has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
White Velvet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
White Velvet has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
White Velvet has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
White Velvet has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Tara avatar
@Tara
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 176 XP
globe Spencer, MA
10/07/2021

I love the soft green/purple colored leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@Teddy avatar
@@Teddy
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 299 XP
globe Henderson, NV
09/12/2021

I’ve had issues with keeping mine healthy, and they are very fragile. In an attempt to gently move one of the stems a bit it broke off

Browns easily Browns easily
@Cilghal avatar
@@Cilghal
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 9,351 XP
06/18/2021

Love this plant. Soft, fast growing and just a super easy going addition to your home.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Krapa  avatar
@Krapa
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 113 XP
globe Accra, Greater Accra Region
06/04/2021

It’s unique fluffy leaves

@gillysplants avatar
@@gillysplants
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 2,096 XP
globe Beaverton, OR
05/17/2021

I found this plant and thought it was interesting and pretty, it requires a lot more water than any of my other plants but is a great add to the collection!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Thejaneclaire avatar
@@Thejaneclaire
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 1,322 XP
globe Chicago, IL
05/08/2021

My dude loves hair cuts and will grow no points when trimmed. Easy to keep and please.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@PlantLife avatar
@@PlantLife
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 11,683 XP
globe Miami, FL
05/07/2021

Grown from a cutting. It does fine with skipped waterings, but regular waterings increases its growth rate. Its fuzzy leaves are adorable even though they are fierce protection from being eaten.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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