tradescantia / tradescantia
Belongs to the family of Commeline. Homeland - Central and North America
General description : Tradescantia is a very common ampel plant with elliptical leaves. Differs in unpretentiousness. However, it grows, it is time from time to time it is useful to update it, planting several cuttings in one pot.
Typically, the following species are bred at room conditions:
Tradescantia fluminensis Vell (Tradescantia riverina) owns leaves 5-6 cm long, tightly covering the stem at the bases. there are forms with cream creams or snow-white stripes. The juice and the lower share of the leaves are pinkish-lilac. It blooms with small snow-white flowers.
Tradescantia albiflora Kunth (White-flowered Tradescantia) is similar to the previous species, but it has clear juice and a snow-white lower lobe of the leaf. There are forms with snow-white stripes on the leaves, with pinkish-lilac and snow-white stripes, with green stripes on the yellow leaves.
Tradescantia blossfeldiana (Tradescantia Blossfeld) is distinguished by large (8-10 cm) leaves with a purple bottom and drooping stems.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Tradescantia:
Illumination : Photophilous, does not require shading from direct sunlight.
Irrigation regime : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter.
Humidity : Needs regular spraying.
Temperature : Moderate, in winter at least 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 to be fed 1 time in 2 weeks with complex fertilizers for decorative and deciduous plants.
Breeding : Stem cuttings easily root in spring and summer.
Transplant : 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 by cobwebs), scabies (brown plaques appear on leaves and stems, leaving sticky secretions).
The plant is allowed to help finish with soapy water, warm washing and spraying with Actellik (1-2 ml per liter of water).
Tradescantia riverine - tradescantia fluminensis vell
Tradescantia zebrin or striped - tradescantia zebrina
Tradescantia Blossfeld - tradescantia blossfeldiana