Plant Care Tradescantia Zebrina

Tradescantia Zebrina

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Tradescantia Zebrina has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About Tradescantia Zebrina

Tradescantia zebrina is an exceptionally easy plant to care for and rewards growers with 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
Tradescantia
Commelinaceae
Commelinales

Also known as

Spiderwort, Inchplant, Tradescantia pendula, Zebrina pendula, Wandering Dude, Quadricolor and discolor

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.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

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 maximize the potential for growth.

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

🪴 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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Tradescantia Zebrina 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!

Benefits of Growing Tradescantia Zebrina →

Common Tradescantia Zebrina Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Tradescantia Zebrina 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.

Tradescantia Zebrina Water Frequency →

Tradescantia Zebrina Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Tradescantia Zebrina 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 🏡.

Tradescantia Zebrina Light Requirements →

Tradescantia Zebrina Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Tradescantia Zebrina 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.

Tradescantia Zebrina Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Tradescantia Zebrina 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.

Tradescantia Zebrina Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Tradescantia Zebrina 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Tradescantia Zebrina →


💩 Fertilizer

Tradescantia Zebrina 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 Tradescantia Zebrina →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Tradescantia Zebrina 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

Tradescantia Zebrina is native to the Americas.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Tradescantia Zebrina bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Tradescantia Zebrina has long, trailing foliage which makes them a great addition to a hanging planter. The newest growth will emerge from the tip of the stems.

How and When to Prune Tradescantia Zebrina →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Tradescantia Zebrina can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Tradescantia Zebrina Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Tradescantia Zebrina 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.

🍂 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 Tradescantia Zebrina, 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 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 the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Tradescantia Zebrina has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 295
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 245
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 204
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 73
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 39
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 39
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 13
@Gbrownie1 avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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04/09/2022

- easiest plant ever

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 41 Plants
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globe Hamilton, NJ
04/05/2022

Love my wandering dude. Very low maintenance, grows incredibly fast.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Crowborough, England
02/24/2022

This plants easy to care for, propagates fast aswell as being a fast grower.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Papamoa, Bay of Plenty
02/18/2022

This plant is so pretty!!! I love how it makes my room look and it’s very thirsty

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Boston, MA
02/07/2022

Super fun because the leaves are so fuzzy and soft!

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globe Kansas City, MO
02/02/2022

Love how easy it is to propagate this plant started with a small cutting and now have split it into 5 individual plants

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 40 XP
globe Provo, UT
01/31/2022

This plant has survived through multiple depressive episodes of mine and looks so gorgeous with its sparkling leaves

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 12 Plants
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globe York, SC
01/29/2022

Gorgeous leaves and easy to grow.

Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Petoskey, MI
01/18/2022

i love to write poetry about having asthma. #survivor hmu if u like peanut butter

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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01/17/2022

Looks fabulous but can be really annoying with bugs.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

Grows fast and the leaves are pretty but it gets very leggy and old leaves die off leaving a very odd looking viney mess behind.

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe New York
01/11/2022

Been with me for ten years and she is just stunning

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

I recused this plant the other day so haven’t had it long at all but I am very excited to revive it

Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Pittsboro, NC
01/06/2022

Super easy to propagate. Don’t overwater.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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globe Delaware, OH
01/03/2022

Very pretty, needs watered often, but easy to propagate and even lives well in water!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe Dublin, OH
12/26/2021

Super easy and grows very fast

Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Glen Allen, VA
12/23/2021

I know nothing about this plant I just love the color and the fact that I haven’t killed it yet

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Edinburgh, Scotland
12/22/2021

Beautiful plant, love the silver and purple in the leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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globe Orlando, FL
12/21/2021

I actually hate this plant but it feels rude to give it 5 stars just because it doesn’t spark joy. I’ll probably put it outside soon and just let it vibe out there so I don’t have to look at it anymore. Basically idiot proof though - I’ve been actively trying to kill it for months and it’s still hanging on.

Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Elgin, OK
11/30/2021

Toxic to pets and animals

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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