Plant Care Zebrina

Zebrina

4.6 out of 5 (356 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 San Diego, California.

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

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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 Zebrina in San Diego, California

San Diego, California

58% Medium

Growing Zebrina in San Diego right now

Light needs for plant Zebrina in San Diego, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 5th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Diego 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 Zebrina in San Diego, California

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 19.7% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

San Diego is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to decrease by 19.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.3 megajoules of energy per m2…

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Light needs for plant Zebrina in San Diego, California

Daylight will decrease by 0.7 hours 📉

December 4th, 2021

This month, San Diego is getting an average of 10.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of da…

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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 maximize the potential for growth..️

San Diego, California currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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 San Diego, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

December 2nd, 2021

The growing potential in San Diego is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot a…

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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 San Diego, California, 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 269
Zebrina has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 222
Zebrina has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 185
Zebrina has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 67
Zebrina has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 38
Zebrina has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 36
Zebrina has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 30
Zebrina has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 12
Haidyn avatar
@Haidyn
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 61 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-1 117 Plants
xp 7,135 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 15 Plants
xp 241 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 1,183 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 649 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 247 XP
11/03/2021

Lovely patterned leaves

Lvl500 avatar
@Lvl500
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 3,758 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
Polkadotgreenery avatar
@Polkadotgreenery
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 485 XP
globe Ligonier, Pennsylvania
10/11/2021

This beautiful purple underside leafy plant needs plenty of sunshine and regular watering

Fast grower Fast grower
Honeyyvoiced avatar
@Honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 2,712 XP
globe Kenosha, Wisconsin
10/10/2021

Needs to be watered quite frequently but other than that not difficult to care fkr

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Keetnasmith avatar
@Keetnasmith
leaf-1 83 Plants
xp 3,026 XP
globe Reno, Nevada
10/08/2021

This plant literally grows so fast, I have to cut it back all of the time!! I do have to be very consistent with watering though, or else the leaves brown easily.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Mattlaura avatar
@Mattlaura
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 745 XP
10/03/2021

We got this plant as cuttings from a friend. Prior to now this plant has died and revived more times then she could count. Even survived an outdoor wind storm. Very easy to correct mistakes

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Foreva.eva.xo avatar
@Foreva.eva.xo
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 545 XP
globe Palm Coast, Florida
09/29/2021

To avoid it becoming leggy. I’d always prune while and just propagate in dirt or water then add back to the pot for a fuller look.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Sk avatar
@Sk
leaf-1 65 Plants
xp 1,688 XP
globe Raleigh, North Carolina
09/24/2021

if i could only use one word to describe this plant: explosive. i started with maybe 6-7 cuttings at the beginning of the summer. it spent a few months outside in heat, humidity, and direct sunlight and has grown an almost ridiculous amount. trim it and stuck cuttings in water and in a week they root….you have an infinite source of plants. not for the underwaterer though! leaves and stems go crispy quickly.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Carolarolyn avatar
@Carolarolyn
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 376 XP
globe New Haven, Connecticut
09/23/2021

I propped my zebrina in water and rooted so fast! After I transferred to soil I didn’t keep a close eye on her and after looking at photos she nearly doubled in size after only a month. I might cut her back and prop again soon because she’s just taking off. Super easy to take care of if you have the right conditions and a really beautiful looking plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
R_l avatar
@R_l
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 472 XP
globe Homer City, Pennsylvania
09/21/2021

Beauty

Gracenevitt avatar
@Gracenevitt
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 987 XP
globe New York
09/07/2021

Super fast growers! Easy to chop and prop and make a nice full basket!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Isha._.khopkar avatar
@Isha._.khopkar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 146 XP
globe Auckland
09/01/2021

Very easy plant to start with, even as a cutting!

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