As a houseplant, it's loved for its no-fuss nature. Because it's a relatively low maintenance plant, the Tradescantia plant is perfect for many homes and apartments.
Tradescantia Plants like bright indirect light. The brighter the light, the more flowers and colorful leaves a Tradescantia Plant produces. Direct sun causes the colors in the leaves to fade.
Water a Tradescantia plant well and then allow the top 2 or 3 inches of soil to dry out before watering the plant again. If the soil stays too dry and the plant is in bright light, the leaves become stunted and lose color.
A Tradescantia plant grows well in temperatures between 60°-80° F.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves turning yellow?
The most likely cause of yellowing leaves is over watering. Only water your Tradescantia plant when the top 50% of soil is dry, and try maintaining a consistent watering schedule. Many people tend to overwater because they want their plant to have the best care and thrive, however over watering can be detrimental to the plant. Instead try misting your plant, it will love the extra moisture.
Why are my leaves fading?
Leaf color fading is generally due to lack of light. Tradescantia plants prefer bright, indirect light and will maintain bright, colorful leaves in proper lighting.
Why are my leaves browning?
This is likely because your plant is lacking humidity. Tradescantia plants may experience more dryness in the winter months due to home heating. Try placing your plant away from air vents to prevent dryness. Placing a humidifier near your plant will also do a great job of increasing humidity.