Plant Care Tradescantia Zebrina

Tradescantia Zebrina

4.6 out of 5 (394 experiences)

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 and Quadricolor

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 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 Tradescantia Zebrina

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Plant care guide for Tradescantia Zebrina in San Diego, California

San Diego, California

59% Medium

Growing Tradescantia Zebrina in San Diego right now

Light needs for plant Tradescantia Zebrina in San Diego, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 26th, 2022

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 Tradescantia Zebrina in San Diego, California

Sunlight will decrease by 23.1% ☀️

November 27th, 2022

San Diego is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to decrease by 23.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.1 megajoules of energy per m2…

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Light needs for plant Tradescantia Zebrina in San Diego, California

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

November 26th, 2022

This month, San Diego is getting an average of 10.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.9 total hours of da…

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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..️

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 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.

When to repot Tradescantia Zebrina

Nutrient needs for plant Tradescantia Zebrina in San Diego, California

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

November 24th, 2022

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

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!


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Yellow Leaves

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 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

Tradescantia Zebrina has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 297
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 246
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 205
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 73
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 40
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 39
Tradescantia Zebrina has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 13
Gbrownie1 avatar
@Gbrownie1
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 1,027 XP
04/09/2022

- easiest plant ever

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Goblinbabe avatar
@Goblinbabe
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 1,205 XP
globe Hamilton, NJ
04/05/2022

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Yvette avatar
@Yvette
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 2,923 XP
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
Sneakymouse avatar
@Sneakymouse
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 118 XP
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
Yeahwaxivy avatar
@Yeahwaxivy
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
globe Boston, MA
02/07/2022

Super fun because the leaves are so fuzzy and soft!

Peeps16 avatar
@Peeps16
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 1,890 XP
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
Emianne avatar
@Emianne
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
Lisainsc1961 avatar
@Lisainsc1961
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 450 XP
globe York, SC
01/29/2022

Gorgeous leaves and easy to grow.

Fast grower Fast grower
Nooodlessoupp avatar
@Nooodlessoupp
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 130 XP
globe Petoskey, MI
01/18/2022

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

Survivor Survivor
Elderwildyam avatar
@Elderwildyam
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 98 XP
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
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 8,820 XP
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
Gardeningdiva avatar
@Gardeningdiva
leaf-1 89 Plants
xp 7,875 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
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@Dylan1stokes
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,487 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, NC
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 16 Plants
xp 539 XP
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
Gmnplants avatar
@Gmnplants
leaf-1 87 Plants
xp 4,102 XP
globe Dublin, OH
12/26/2021

Super easy and grows very fast

Fast grower Fast grower
Jaroa avatar
@Jaroa
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 472 XP
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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@Emsplanthangout
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,290 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 57 Plants
xp 10,286 XP
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
Haidyn avatar
@Haidyn
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 69 XP
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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