The Tradescantia Tricolour - beautiful long trailing red and green variegated leaves. The genus name, Tradescantia, refers to John Tradescant, who was a gardener and botanist during the 17th Century.
They do best in bright, but indirect sunlight. You want to provide your plant with enough light to keep their colour and flower.
But be careful with too much direct light. Their delicate leaves burn
easily in too much sun. Too little sunlight will result in faded leaves with little or no variegation.
Bright Indirect light is when the sun's rays don't travel directly
from the sun to your plant but, instead, bounce off something first.
As with most plants, Flowering Inch Plant likes soil neither bone dry nor soggy. Allow the soil to almost dry out before watering thoroughly.
If you do decide to feed your plant, give it a half-strength dose of time-release, water-soluble houseplant fertiliser no more than twice a month.
Too much fertiliser causes leaves to lose variegation.
Tradescantia Tricolour does well in any good quality potting mix.
Tradescantia earns its common names because it likes to wander.
The plant grows quickly and rambles freely and has a tendency to get leggy. To maintain a full, bushy shape, pinch or trim back the stems regularly.
This plant can be toxic to cats if eaten.
Tradescantia Tricolour in Hanging Basket
A single Tradescantia Tricolour in 16cm plastic hanging nursery pot.