Complete guide to tradescantia 'Zebrina' care
Striped with a subtle glittery shine, the tradescantia ‘Zebrina’ is truly out of this world.
The tradescantia 'Zebrina', also known as the silver inch plant - or we call them Zeb, is a popular houseplant that’s loved for its striking foliage and speedy growth. It's a great choice for all types of plant parents, as it's relatively forgiving and requires minimal care. In this article, we'll give you all the information you need to care for your tradescantia 'Zebrina'. Let’s start with the basics:
- It only needs a little water, so let the soil dry out between waterings
- Give your tradescantia plenty of bright, indirect light
- An extra spritz with a mister every few days will give them a humidity boost
About tradescantia ‘Zebrina’
Fast-growing, easy to look after and full of style, this might just be the perfect beginner plant. This plant will be trailing happily from your shelves in no time. Originally from Central America and Mexico, this tradescantia will quite happily be left to its own devices.
How much light does my tradescantia 'Zebrina' need?
The tradescantia 'Zebrina' will thrive in bright, indirect light. Place your plant in a spot that receives bright but filtered light, like a north-facing window or a shaded area of a south-facing window. Avoid putting your plant in direct sunlight, as it can cause the leaves to burn and wilt.
How often should I water my tradescantia 'Zebrina'?
A tradescantia 'Zebrina' doesn’t need a huge amount of water. If the leaves start to look dull, faded or crispy then check the soil. You might find it’s a bit too dry, so give it a good drink and let the water drain through thoroughly.
Does my tradescantia 'Zebrina' need a humid environment?
Your tradescantia 'Zebrina' will appreciate a bit of extra humidity, but it can tolerate average indoor humidity levels. Increase the humidity around your plant by misting it with water regularly, placing a humidifier nearby, or popping a tray filled with pebbles and water underneath the pot. Avoid placing your plant in a draughty area, as it can cause the humidity around it to drop.
Should I fertilise my tradescantia 'Zebrina'?
The tradescantia 'Zebrina' is a fast-growing plant that needs regular fertilising to keep its foliage looking healthy and vibrant. Use a diluted balanced, water-soluble fertiliser every 2-3 weeks during the spring and summer, it will be bushy, long and trailing in no time.
Should I prune my tradescantia 'Zebrina'?
Give your tradescantia 'Zebrina' a regular prune to encourage bushier growth and to prevent legginess. Pinch off the tips of the stems to encourage branching, and trim back any leggy stems. You can also propagate your plant by taking stem cuttings and rooting them in water or soil. Learn more about propagation here.
The tradescantia 'Zebrina' is a beautiful and low-maintenance plant that’s perfect for both beginners and experienced plant parents. By providing your plant with the right environment and care, you can enjoy its stunning foliage for years to come
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