Tradescantia

Tradescantia

Life form Herbaceous, ampel, liana
Family Commelinaceae
Origin Central and South America
Ease of cultivation Very easy to grow, recommended for beginners
The size At home, it can reach a length of up to 80 cm.
Growth rate It grows fairly quickly: up to 25-30 cm per year.
Lifespan Perennial plants. However, over time, the plant needs to be updated.
Temperature In the summer: 64,4-75,2 ° F, in winter it is better to keep the temperature at least 50-55,4 ° F.
Humidity The plant is relatively easy to carry dry air apartments, but very well responds to spraying in the summer and the content of pots in a pallet with wet claydite. Although the plant is fairly stable, high humidity conditions will ensure its optimal growth. Exception: Tradescantia syllamontane which easily transfers dry air, and excessive humidity leads to decay of the roots.
Lighting Prefers bright diffused light, especially variegated forms. However, they easily adapt to partial shade, it is possible to grow at a distance of 0.5-2 m from a brightly lit window.In poor lighting, the stems may stretch.
The soil The plant can grow in almost any soil. For example, to prepare the soil of their own to take: 1 part compost soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part of sod land.
Watering In spring and summer, water 2 times during the week. The soil should not dry out, but water stagnation should not be tolerated. In winter, watered no more than 1 time per week. The soil between watering should be only slightly moist.
Fertilizer Spring and summer 1 every 2 weeks with liquid fertilizer
Reproduction This plant can serve as an example of easy vegetative reproduction. It is very easy to propagate by apical cuttings about 8 cm long. The stalk is planted in a mixture of peat and moss. Easily rooted in water. In the pot, it is desirable to plant several cuttings at once.
Bloom Blooms in summer with small white or blue-violet flowers that last one day.
Transfer They are transplanted every 2-3 years. However, with age, shoots are bare, they should be replaced with young cuttings.
Features of care Tradeskantsiya adapts to almost any growth conditions. In spring, pruning is carried out, leaving a shoot length of only 2.5 cm. The tips of shoots should be regularly plucked regularly. The stems of the plant break easily.
Difficulties It is affected by a spider mites, green aphids, mealybugs. Green leaves turn yellow from excess light. The tips of the leaves dry when too hot and dry or too much light. Too slow growth is observed with a lack of nutrition. The stems can decay with excessive watering. The lower parts of the shoots bare with the age of the plant, this is a normal process. The stems are stretched when there is a lack of light. Variegated leaves are green with excessive feeding or lack of light. With insufficient watering, the leaves turn brown.
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