Plant Care White Velvet

White Velvet

Reviewed by: | Last Updated: 09/08/2022

4.5 out of 5 (13 experiences)

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

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. ❄️


Tradescantia sillamontana

Also known as

Cobweb Spiderwort, White Gossamer Plant and Cobweb Wandering Dude

How to care for White Velvet


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

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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 🏡.


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.

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for White Velvet

White Velvet

White Velvet

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.

What other plant parents say

White Velvet has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 6
White Velvet has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
White Velvet has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
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
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 176 XP
globe Spencer, MA

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
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 299 XP
globe Henderson, NV

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
leaf-1 108 Plants
xp 7,477 XP

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 113 XP
globe Accra, Greater Accra Region

It’s unique fluffy leaves

Gillysplants avatar
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 1,593 XP
globe Beaverton, OR

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
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 1,080 XP
globe Chicago, IL

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
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 9,268 XP
globe Miami, FL

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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