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Tradescantia zebrina

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Tradescantia zebrina

from 4.00

Tradescantia zebrina, 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 zebrina 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 have a green and purple striped pattern, thus the name!

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Tradescantia zebrina, 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 zebrina 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 have a green and purple striped pattern, thus the name!

Tradescantia zebrina 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 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.