tradescantia / tradescantia
It belongs to the family kommelinovyh. Motherland - Central and North America
General description : Tradescantia is a very common ampelous plant with leaves in the shape of an ellipse. Differs unpretentiousness. However, it is lost, it is time to renew it from the pores, planting several cuttings in one pot.
Usually in room conditions the following types are bred:
Tradescantia fluminensis Vell (Tradescantia riverine) owns leaves 5-6 cm long, tightly covering the stem in the grounds. There are forms with creams or snow-white stripes. Juice and lower lobe of leaves pinkish-purple. It blooms with small white flowers.
Tradescantia albiflora Kunth (Tradescantia belotsvetkovaya) is similar to the previous species, but has a clear juice and snow-white lower lobe of the leaf. There are forms with white stripes on the leaves, with pinkish-purple and snow-white stripes, with green stripes on the yellow leaves.
Tradescantia blossfeldiana (Blossfeld's Tradescantia) is distinguished by large (8-10 cm) leaves with a purple underside and lowered stems.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Tradescantia:
Illumination : Light-requiring, does not require shading from direct sunlight.
Irrigation mode : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter.
Humidity : Needs regular spraying.
Temperature : Moderate, in winter at least 10 ° C.
Soil : Recommended soil mash: 1 share of sod, 2 leaf elements, 1 share of humus, 1 share of peat land and 1 share of sand.
In the period of growth needs fertilizing 1 time in 2 weeks with complex fertilizers for decorative leafy plants.
Breeding : Stem cuttings root easily in spring and summer.
Transplant : In the spring, every year, it is better to rejuvenate once every 2 to 3 years.
Pests : Affected by a spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, the leaves and stems are woven over with a spiderweb), scutes (brown leaves on the leaves and stalks, leaving sticky secretions).
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
tradescantia river - tradescantia fluminensis vell
zebraine tradescantia or striped - tradescantia zebrina
Tradescantia Blossfeld - tradescantia blossfeldiana