Plant Care Zebrina

Zebrina

4.6 out of 5 (378 experiences)

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

Also known as

spiderwort, inchplant, Tradescantia pendula Zebrina pendula, Wandering dude, Burgundy and monstera zebrina

Taxonomy

Tradescantia zebrina
Tradescantia
Commelinaceae
Commelinales

How to care for Zebrina

Water

How often to water your Zebrina

Water needs for Zebrina
0.5 cups
every 9

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 Houston, Texas.

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 Zebrina

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Zebrina in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Growing Zebrina in Houston right now

Light needs for plant Zebrina in Houston, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

January 16th, 2022

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Houston is currently medium 👌.

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

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Light needs for plant Zebrina in Houston, Texas

Sunlight will increase by 11.6% ☀️

January 14th, 2022

Houston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Houston is expected to increase by 11.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.2 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Zebrina in Houston, Texas

Daylight will increase by 0.4 hours 📈

January 16th, 2022

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

Hours of daylight will increase by 3.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Zebrina in your home

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

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 Houston, Texas ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Zebrina

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

When to repot Zebrina

Nutrient needs for plant Zebrina in Houston, Texas

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

January 15th, 2022

The growing potential in Houston 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 repot…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Zebrina is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Zebrina

Zebrina

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

What other plant parents say

Zebrina has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 288
Zebrina has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 235
Zebrina has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 195
Zebrina has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 70
Zebrina has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 41
Zebrina has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 39
Zebrina has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 31
Zebrina has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 12
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 3,774 XP
globe Baltimore, Maryland
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
Validcamellia avatar
@Validcamellia
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 308 XP
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
Dylan1stokes avatar
@Dylan1stokes
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 973 XP
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
Urbanebibi avatar
@Urbanebibi
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 179 XP
globe Pittsboro, North Carolina
01/06/2022

Super easy to propagate. Don’t overwater.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Jadedtara avatar
@Jadedtara
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 315 XP
globe Delaware, Ohio
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
Mikaylacarr2323 avatar
@Mikaylacarr2323
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 61 XP
globe Perth, Scotland
12/28/2021

Very pretty but dies easily and browns quickly

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Gmnplants avatar
@Gmnplants
leaf-1 65 Plants
xp 1,001 XP
globe Dublin, Ohio
12/26/2021

Super easy and grows very fast

Fast grower Fast grower
Jaroa avatar
@Jaroa
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 136 XP
globe Glen Allen, Virginia
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
Emsplanthangout avatar
@Emsplanthangout
leaf-1 33 Plants
xp 660 XP
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
Bjoyce avatar
@Bjoyce
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 5,202 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
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
Haidyn avatar
@Haidyn
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 69 XP
globe Elgin, Oklahoma
11/30/2021

Toxic to pets and animals

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Nicoler avatar
@Nicoler
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 144 XP
11/24/2021

It blooms really easy and likes to dry out

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 129 Plants
xp 11,014 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/24/2021

Easy easy easy. Just water every now and then and chop and prop to fill out the container!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Riverandbilly avatar
@Riverandbilly
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 566 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
11/20/2021

i love my zebrinas!! they’re always reliable to propagate and basically root overnight! i love having them all around my biuse

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Tbell avatar
@Tbell
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 327 XP
globe Southfield, Michigan
11/19/2021

I keep this plant outdoors during the summer (zone 6) on a east facing side of my house and it thrives. It becomes so purple and beautiful. In the winter I bring it in (when temps get consistently colder) and keep it in my “plant room” near a south facing window near a grow lamp (16 hours) with all my other indoors plants. It adjusts well during the transition from outdoor to indoor and the opposite.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Haipam avatar
@Haipam
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,277 XP
globe Marquette, Michigan
11/18/2021

It pretends to die a lot

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Rat__teeth avatar
@Rat__teeth
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 702 XP
11/11/2021

Happy to be potted or in water. Makes a great gift for new plant lovers!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Sjshshx avatar
@Sjshshx
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 84 XP
11/04/2021

Love water and sunlight- but not too much!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Jeanne avatar
@Jeanne
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 262 XP
11/03/2021

Lovely patterned leaves

Lvl500 avatar
@Lvl500
leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 3,959 XP
10/12/2021

I love this Tradescantia. I purchased this plant as a cutting about 4 months a go. It has attractive purple and green striped leaves. The plant has grown really quickly, it is cascading. Very attractive, easy to care for. I’ve got it positioned next to a south facing window. I water this every four days. Taking cuttings are so easy, they take very quickly and need repotting in weeks.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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