Tradescantia / tradescantia
Refers to the comnelin family. Homeland - Central and North America
General description: Tradescantia is a very common ampel plant with leaves in the shape of an ellipse. It differs unpretentiousness. However, it sprouts, it is time to update it from time to time, planting several cuttings in one pot.
Usually in the room conditions the following species are bred:
Tradescantia fluminensis Vell (Tradescantia riverine) owns leaves 5-6 cm long, densely covering the stem in the bases. There are forms with creamy or snow-white stripes. The juice and the lower part of the leaves are pinkish-lilac. Blossoms in small white flowers.
Tradescantia albiflora Kunth (Tradescantia white-flowered) is similar to the previous species, but it owns a clear juice and a white underside of the leaf. There are forms with snow-white stripes on the leaves, with pinkish-purple and snow-white stripes, with green stripes on the yellow leaves.
Tradescantia blossfeldiana (Tradescantia of Blossfeld) is distinguished by large (8-10 cm) leaves with a purple underside and drooping stems.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Tradescantia:
Illumination : Photophilous, in no way requires shading from direct sunlight.
Irrigation regime : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter.
Humidity : Needs regular spraying.
Temperatures : Moderate, in winter minimum 10 ° C.
Soil : Recommended soil mix: 1 share of turf, 2 leaf elements, 1 share humus, 1 share of peat land and 1 share of sand.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing once every 2 weeks with complex fertilizers for ornamental-deciduous plants.
Breeding : Stem cuttings can easily take root in spring and summer.
Transplantation : In the spring, annually, it is better to completely rejuvenate once every 2 -3 years.
Pests : Affected by a spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are braided with cobwebs), scabbards (brown plaques appear on leaves and stems, leaving sticky discharge).
The plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution, warm washing and spraying with an actinic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
Tradescantia riverine - tradescantia fluminensis vell
Zebrina tradescantia or striped - tradescantia zebrina