In St. Louis it is grown in the garden as an annual, in containers and as a year round houseplant. On Dec 14, 2007, gray_53 from Mcdonough, GA wrote: Another of my favorites. Maybe it will like this shadier spot better. How is that, I don't have cats or small children, and I didn't bump into it. They get so proud it's silly:). Tradescantia pallida is a tender evergreen perennial native to northeast Mexico (from Tamaulipas to Yucatan) grown as an ornamental for its striking purple foliage. In pots I just water deeply 1x per week, feed 1x per month--piece of cake! Spread 12-18 Inches. On Jul 21, 2007, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote: Easy to root, easy to grow. I have tried to used Roundup on a couple of large areas around two trees, but it doesn't seem to work on this type of leaf. On Jun 27, 2010, ranchhandler from Cedar Creek, TX wrote: Ducks and geese will eat this plant voraciously and eliminate it from the area. It sounds like many people are, for the most part, happy with them when kept inside in a pot. Eventually the plant will turn completely green. I hope it revives. Flower Color is and blooms in . Have successfully eradicated a large area once by penning chickens in with it but unable to do in current area (introduced thru compost I think ). This is a tough and easy-to-grow plant. My friend heard it was invasive so she put it in a pot on the ground by some soil, thinking it was safe in the pot... now, one year later, she has Wandering Jew in the soil all around the pot, and none IN the pot. I carry it to a bathtub, water it and then mist it for the humidity. As long as you keep it in check, this is a wonderfully hardy and pretty plant that you'll enjoy, and it's ridiculously easy to propagate via cuttings. Stems and leaves are violet purple. Propagation. Try this in a hanging basket and keep an eye on it. It will grow in all conditions in my area from full sun to full shade. Rock gardens, borders fronts, wall plantings. Although I have it outside in the summer and inside in the winter. Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater, Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed. This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions: On Oct 10, 2014, ponywoman from Olathe, KS wrote: We've had a horse farm since moving just SW of Kansas City in 1971. Extremely easy to propagate and takes harsh haircuts rather well. Direct Sun) Part Shade (4-6 hrs. It is found and can be planted oudoors (though don't because of it's invasiveness) in zones 9b, 10a, 10b, 11 and below. My last piece just died from 34 degree weather. I never water it & it survived our four-year drought. Spacing 12 Inches. The Garden wouldn't be the Garden without our Members, Donors and Volunteers. On Jul 9, 2008, w2power from Toney, AL wrote: I love this plant I have had it for about a year not from cuttings, A small stem broke off when I moved from Woodbridge, Virginia to Toney Alabama, so I did what most would do, throw it out back...well now I learned that most will not do that. Outdoors, this Tradescantia is winter hardy in USDA hardiness zones 10 through 12. Flowering may slow in high heat - cut back hard to promote fresh growth and flowering. Prefers moist soils. Tradescantia grows in almost any kind of soil, from damp to dry, but evenly moist soil is … It always comes up in the spring & I spray with Roundup, Spectricide, etc which kills the sprouts but it never stops coming as evidenced by my 40 year fight with it. On Apr 26, 2016, Chillybean from (Zone 5a) wrote: I bought this plant merely because it is a Tradescantia. Flower Color: Purple shades. Well, it did make a nice groundcover in that bed for about two years. I am hoping it does well - at one time I had it hanging by my front door in an area that gets a lot of direct sun during the day, but it started looking very sickly so I took it back inside and it recovered nicely. This plant is easily propagated by cuttings (seed is not available). Growing in clumps formed by arching, grass-like foliage, Wild Spiderwort is apt to spread and mutiply, making it a great choice for edging beds. I sometimes put the cuttings in a glass of water and within a few weeks they are ready to plant. I have drank it for two days now. ts of it up by the roots out of the yard, plant it in a basket & give it to them. Try this in a hanging basket and keep an eye on it. Very, very healthy--indoors or out, sun or shade or mix. Rain came, sun came and there it was back again. It does well indoors in small pots (on a desk, shelve, or hanging from a hook in midair) and in small planting ledges. If your plant becomes leggy, PINCH back generously and propagate the cuttings for another plant. propagation through cuttings easily. Foliage Color: Green shades. across (2.5 cm), adorned with a bouquet of showy yellow stamens. It only lost out to a handful of other plants. Other than long narrow leaves, there seems to be no similarities. Then the winter cold wipes it out. The infestation starts out like the new leaves are withering in one small area. On May 7, 2008, rossmcl from Edinburgh,United Kingdom wrote: I've been given some cuttings, which I have rooted in water for about a week. I'm from Michigan where I know it would not survive outside. After they are about an inch they are ready to plant in soil. Spiderworts typically grow in moist, well-drained and acidic (pH 5 to 6) soil, though I have found the plants to be quite forgiving in the garden and tolerant of many soil conditions. It's not a full bushy plant yet...but we're working on it. HABITAT & HARDINESS: The parent species is native to Ontario, south to Maine and Florida and west to Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. It's in front of my porch and around my other plants across the front of the house. It looks beautiful on a plant stand that sits up off the floor at least four to five feet. About 20yrs ago I planted a lovely golden sport of what I'd alway... read mores called "Cowslobbers" out in the pasture but is usually called Spidorwort or Tradescantia bracteata (or T.ohiensis). For more information see: Problems Common to Many Indoor Plants. I have taken I have six 4" pots on a shelf. I decided to jazz up my patio so I took it outside. It is suitable both for gardens and interiors and it is mainly grown for its boldly textured foliage that reaches a vivid purple in bright sunlight making Tradescantia pallida “Purpurea” an excellent ornamental plant. On Jun 4, 2009, Bairie from Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 10a) wrote: One of my favorite plants. Tradescantia NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Downward-trailing stems are ideal for hanging baskets. Many Tradescantia species have attractive foliage, which … the ground. Repotting. They continue to take over my yard. It has served for a number of years as a vigorous and attractive houseplant, but is now being increasingly used in outdoor garden applications as a ground cover and/or container plant. I can understand the opinions of some who do not like the strangle-hold this particular plant can place on all other plants, much like "Mexican Heather" can do as well. I want to plant them in a pot now as a houseplant. Tradescantias can be grown from purchased plants or propagated through division, cuttings, or seed.Plant them in spring about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) deep and 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) apart. 40 years ago I must have dumped my leggy Wandering Jew & it has survived among my hostas to get even with me! It continued to grow quick and strong. Luckily, is extremely easy to pull by hand... On Apr 11, 2011, lwaits from Covington, TX wrote: I found a sprig in a Lowe's shopping cart, took it home. I don't have it in a garden, it is in a hanging basket over my desk. And you had better be able to move it, too--don't sew it in the ground. It does wonderfully there. It pretty much just jumped out and started putting roots in ... read morethe ground. Grows even in the most awful soil--I use it to make use of a poorly drained WET heavy clay area! I wish I had a picture of the truck loaded down with this stuff, as I was actually dragging it down the street behind me. In a container it is beautiful!!!! The reward will be, as mentioned by many, free divisions to friends. As with most of my favorites, I love it because it propagates well. Its difficult to get rid of them--I can pull off the exposed leaves, but in order to get to the root systems, I might have ... read moreto destroy some of the plants that I want to keep. The colors are much brighter, and the plant is much happier. This plant usually may like water about two or three times a week. Eventually, after a few hours work, I had A WHOLE TRUCK LOAD of this plant to take to the city recycling center. (Tradescantia subaspera) Possible combinations include coleus cultivars (Solenostemon spp.) They are very tought, easy to grow and dont need extra care, thats makes them a perfect climate control especially for those plant who need strong light and humid root condition. Never seen it flower, I'll try feeding it some Bloom Buster. I'm thinking of planting some in the back yard in a place where nothing grows because of deep--really deep--shade. On Aug 8, 2003, broozersnooze from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote: The perfect plant for someone who can't grow anything. Don't let it - it's that simple. On Mar 6, 2008, mochimo from MIddle Blue,Indonesia wrote: This plant sometimes classified as a weed, but I think the plant does have several unique advantage for you. This has really become my favorite plant. Remove flower stems immediately after bloom. Now that the weather has warmed up (it has been in the 70's and 80's here for several weeks now!) Best purple leaf color occurs in full sun. I am in a very humid climate and it does well here! It grows well in dry soil and wet soil. Only 1 bloom from in-ground jungle, though. The gardening world has many examples where a single common name is slapped on more than one plant species, and such is the case with the houseplant we know as wandering Jew. I try to pull before it blooms--the blooms identical to Tradescantia zebrina. Yes, it tries to take over, but it's so easy to pull up I don't find it a problem at all. I have learned my lesson. It is a very popular trailing plant. On Sep 11, 2010, jskyieeyes3 from Saint Cloud, FL (Zone 9b) wrote: easy to grow. Growing spiderworts is easy and you’ll find the plants to be quite resilient. It freezes during the winter, so I take cuttings late in the fall and replant every spring. Lovely color. I haven't figured out how to get rid of them yet, other than manually digging up the root systems--and you have to keep going back for the stragglers even with that. In the rainy months it does not even have to be planted but simply thrown onto the ground and it will take root. If I ever run into some poor, unsuspecting soul that has trouble growing plants I'll snatch bi... read morets of it up by the roots out of the yard, plant it in a basket & give it to them. A popular houseplant, Tradescantia zebrina (Wandering Jew) is a trailing evergreen perennial with attractive, lance-shaped, green to purple leaves with two wide, silvery longitudinal stripes, while the lower leaf surface is solid magenta. Plants have good drought tolerance. (Trending), My Garden Channel, 1 Comment. Yes, I have to thin the Wandering Jew, OFTEN--but friends/acquaintances are thrilled with the very full, healthy pots of this that I've plenty of to share! So again to my friends in Florida, TX, etc, just like another "potted" beauty, the Ardisia, I'm s... read moreorry this is considered a weed where you live!!!!! Don't mean to rain on your parades--my situation is just very different because of the hot Texas sunshine... On Apr 26, 2005, herlurie from Mobile, AL (Zone 8b) wrote: I love this plant! I had a large tropical looking bed of Dwarf Brazilian Bananas, which grow to about 15 feet tall, papayas, cannas, daturas, zebra plant and spiral cone gingers, all of which got very tall and "leggy," so I thought this plant would make a nice groundcover underneath these taller guys. Tradescantia Pink Nanouk – Hottest Houseplant Right Now! Tradescantia pallida was rated “superior” after an extended study at the University of Georgia. I have three varieties of US native Tradescantias outside and thought it would be fun to have one inside. Tradescantia Pink Nanouk (Wandering Jew) is very low maintenance when it comes to houseplants. It turns a reddish purple color in the cooler months here in TX. But you have to get every shoot and stem or it will grow back. I've weeded & weeded, pulling it up by the roots. Even better, repot, then trim and water. USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9: spiderwort Interesting Notes. On Jun 4, 2003, photobuff from Gainesville, FL wrote: I like this plant. Best to keep it contained in its own pot or hanging basket w/ nothing else. A lot of my back yard has wedelia ground cover, so I'm used to pulling up plants that like to take over! On Jun 1, 2010, BGES from Eastlake, OH wrote: I seemed to have the opposite problem. Butt eventually it started to strangle the bed so much that I couldn't get to my bananas and papayas to harvest, s... read moreo I decided to pull it all out. Plants have good drought tolerance. I have used it as groundcover and fixing the microclimate around my garden plant. Three petals surround vivid center stamens with contrasting chartreuse anthers. Stem cuttings in summer or fall will easily root in the soil. She brought it home and stuck it in some water right in the window and hoped for the best. It adds great color contrast in a semi-shaded area under a tree. She rooted a couple of vines for me which I've had for about two weeks and both have already grown several inches. Tradescantia zebrina is native to Mexico. It can be as invasive as mint. Reflexed spiderwort is a robust, multi-stemmed, perennial that makes an excellent garden addition. English ivy and wax plants were slightly better at air cleaning than purple heart. Pinch back stems as needed to maintain plant shape and to stimulate new growth. It'll drop it's stems and grow wherever it lands. On Jun 6, 2009, atm1 from Detroit, MI wrote: I have been growing Wandering Jews as houseplants for years. I have it all over my yard although I never purchased the plant. On Nov 30, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote: We must have cool enough winters to keep this plant in check. back, but I have recently acquired a new plant. Does any one have any advice?....email me if you do please!! You can also lay part of a growing vine in another pot of soil, and cut it off once it has established roots in the new pot. to destroy some of the plants that I want to keep. I give cuttings to my family and friends. It grew and grew and grew, I thought it was something else then I realized it was the same plant stem that rooted on top of the soil. Also, I have the plastic ground cover down, so its difficult to get to the roots, even in the open spaces. Retail Walk-in Store Greenhouses have Reopened. Deer resistant. It's much easier than the Spider Plant (or Airplane Plant). How it survives our often below zero temps, I can't figure. Mine are outside. It is very fast-growing from shade to full sun and takes over surrounding vegetation rapidly. It weakened and died in its third summer. Punch holes on the surface of the rubber band with a pencil or pen. Foliage typically grows to 6” tall, but creeps to 2’ wide or more if allowed to do so. Twenty years later it still grows WHEREVER in the yard. Originally named Setcreasea pallida by Joseph Nelson Rose in 1911, it was reclassified in the genus Tradescantia by D.R. Tradescantia Purpurea is a tender perennial that is winter hardy and it can easily be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11. likes shade, will fry in the summer florida sun. It is commonly called purple heart. This is a perfect plant for someone like myself who is a serial killer of any and all flora because it is incredibly easy to care for. On Feb 16, 2008, Cheddarsmama from Tucson, AZ wrote: I have the same problem with this plant being outside, in the yard. It can be an invasive if planted in the garden here. In my zone, it grows best in deep dappled shade. On Mar 21, 2008, digigirl from Sugar Land, TX (Zone 9a) wrote: Due to the possible invasiveness of this plant, I kept them in hanging pots. And no, I never got rid of it, but I also never found it difficult to control, as my soil was very nice, and unwanted sprigs were very easy to pull up. Grows in Sun to Light Shade. In fact, we think our beautiful Jacaranda tree died as a result of our trying to kill the vampire. The freeze killed it (I thought) so I threw what was left away. On Jul 30, 2008, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote: I grow it around small trees/bushes to shade the soil in summer. Where winter hardy, it is commonly grown as a groundcover that roots at the nodes as stems spread along the ground. In pots in the house all winter I've 10-12 pretty little lavender blooms from about 10am-4pm every day. Snail activity is at night and can be stopped with bait. In the garden, it is easily grown in rich, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. On Jun 14, 2004, Regina2004 from Opa Locka, FL wrote: My neighbors are from the Honduras and drink a tea Hardiness: USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA … 8 months later, I have a beautiful hanging basket. However, the leaves are very attractive with it's white-and-purple coloring and the plant may be pretty easy to grow. It's lived through (infrequent) Florida snows, freezes in the teens, wind chills in the single digits (my heater & my shallow well pump froze but this stuff thrived.) I have one sitting high on a plant stand trailing over the pot, and one day you'll find pieces of it on the floor! Plants do not like temperatures below 50F, and if they are to be brought indoors in fall, it should be well in advance of frost. P.S. On Aug 7, 2003, Seeker from Ava, MO wrote: This plant is hardy and can take alot of abuse, It has wonderful hanging effects and is dense and beautifully thick. =). On May 25, 2008, theopaints from Naples, FL wrote: I enjoy this plant. Keep in partial sun for best foliage, and water when soil has only a small amount of moisture left, unless you are starting a new plant from a cutting, in which case you should keep the soil moist. Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort) is a vigorous, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with long, arching, blue-green, grass-like leaves that are folded lengthwise. On May 28, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,Brazil (Zone 11) wrote: This is a pest. Container plants may be cut back and brought indoors for overwintering. After a week to two weeks roots will appear. Makes a great companion for Hostas, as an edging plant or in containers. If you want to get rid of it, rent a chicken. I wish I had a picture of the truck loaded down with this stuff, as I was actually dragging it down the street behind me. On Aug 9, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote: This is a beautiful plant, but after growing it as a houseplant for years, I thought I would try to grow it outdoors in St. Petersburg, Florida (USDA Zone 9b.) And it does if given the right conditions. And no, I never got rid of it, but I also never found it difficult to control, as my soil was very nice, and unwanted sprigs were very easy to pull up. It behaves itself, whether it's in a container, or planted in the garden. Shelter plants from strong winds that may break the somewhat fragile stems. Groundcover or edging that provides color and contrast to other plants. When it starts getting too long I simply cut it back to the desired length. A friend had told me how easily they spread, and I have found that out the hard way. On Mar 8, 2005, jordung from Woonsocket, RI (Zone 6b) wrote: Over the years I've had success with this plant. makes a beautiful hanging basket! It grows well in Florida shade or sun. Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 . Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 . Direct Sun) Full Shade ( 4 hrs. Eventually, after a few hours work, I had A WHOLE TRUCK LOAD of this plant to take to the city recycling center. Flower Color is and blooms in . o I decided to pull it all out. From late spring to midsummer, the foliage is topped by small clusters of three-petaled, blue (sometimes rose) flowers, 1 in. I also have some that have appeared in my front landscaped flower/plant bed, and they are beginning to take over there as well. Remove flower stems immediately after bloom. It roots easily in water, or in soil and each segment is capable of producing a new plant. Now ignore it & mow over it. It is a beautiful plant and will make a beautiful addition to any decor. Also, I have the plastic ground cover down, so its difficult to get to the roots, even in the open spaces. Click here for Reopening details. Dwarf gold leaf Tradescantia. Tradescantia, commonly known as Spiderwort, is a genus of plants in the family Commelinaceae comprising about 70 species of herbaceous perennials native to the New World. If you don't want a plant to take over and have a mind of its own, I recommend that you make sure not to introduce your plants to the outside. I just trimmed all the brown and dead portions off of them. When it is time to repot your Tradescantia Pink Nanouk you will want to chose a pot that is at least double the size of the root ball. Hunt of the Royal Botanic Garden Kew in 1975.The former name S. pallida or S. purpurea is still often … Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F; ... some claim it will grow as a perennial in USDA Zone 6, where mulching to protect the crown is advantageous. I had seen the green type growing as a two foot tall groundcover in a valley near Hana on Maui, Hawaii, and wanted to emulate this scene. Twenty years ago, not knowing any better I bought a hanging basket of this stuff to hang on my front porch. On Jun 15, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote: Invasive and difficult to eradicate. Nurseries often sell inexpensive starter plants in spring. 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