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Tradescantia golden girl

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Tradescantia golden girl

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Tradescantia fluminensis variegata, commonly known as Wandering Dew or Speedy Jenny is a strikingly coloured indoor plant.

Best used as a trailing display plant either in a hanging basket or in a pot on top of a bookcase or shelf, as it will trail down and spread slightly outwards. To get a bushier base, you can trim the ends, this will encourage more growth closer to the base. You can also place the piece you’ve cut off into the soil in the same pot, as it has a high chance of rooting. This Tradescantia may look pretty but it still related to Tradescantia fluminensis, the weedy one you can find in your back yard. For this reason it highly recommended to stay indoors and in a contained pot.

 

Tradescantia fluminensis variegata has a trailing growth pattern, which means it will grow downwards and spread out when there’s soil available. The stems can become up to two meters long if left to its own devices - you can trim it back to keep it at the desired length. The leaves grow to about 5cm long, and are a creamy yellow colour, as opposed to the vivid, thinner stripes of the white tradescantia fluminensis.

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Tradescantia fluminensis variegata, commonly known as Wandering Dew or Speedy Jenny is a strikingly coloured indoor plant.

Best used as a trailing display plant either in a hanging basket or in a pot on top of a bookcase or shelf, as it will trail down and spread slightly outwards. To get a bushier base, you can trim the ends, this will encourage more growth closer to the base. You can also place the piece you’ve cut off into the soil in the same pot, as it has a high chance of rooting. This Tradescantia may look pretty but it still related to Tradescantia fluminensis, the weedy one you can find in your back yard. For this reason it highly recommended to stay indoors and in a contained pot.

 

Tradescantia fluminensis variegata has a trailing growth pattern, which means it will grow downwards and spread out when there’s soil available. The stems can become up to two meters long if left to its own devices - you can trim it back to keep it at the desired length. The leaves grow to about 5cm long, and are a creamy yellow colour, as opposed to the vivid, thinner stripes of the white tradescantia fluminensis.

This tradescantia is native to Mexico, Central America and Columbia and survives in dry conditions. In Wellington we use it as a beautiful indoor display plant. It will grow to 1-2m long but can easily be pruned to keep at at your desired length.

Please note that this is essentially a variegated form of the tradescantia weed that is a huge problem across New Zealand. Sometimes parts of it will revert to regular green tradescantia, especially if it doesn’t get enough sun. If this happens, cut the green part right back and dispose of in the council green waste part of the landfill or the rubbish- do not put any part of this plant- even the trimmings- outside.

This is one of my personal favourite plants, which is a bit bizarre given that I spend my days pulling up its sister outside. Some of the pictures show it as an adult plant in a pretty pot. This is a 0.5l pot and slightly larger, and more mature, than the 0.3l size available for purchase. Your purchase will come in a regular black plastic pot.

Please note that cuttings are wrapped in wet newspaper, with no roots, in a small amount of soil. If you are not confident at striking cuttings you should purchase the adult plant. You will receive one 10cm cutting that needs to be put 4cm deep into wet soil as soon as possible.