Tradescantia fluminensis “Tricolor”

Inch Plant Tradescantia fluminensis Tricolor

Inch Plant, Wandering Jew

Tradescantia fluminensis “Tricolor” is a cultivar of the Inch Plant native to South America. It differs from the wild type by its yellow-green to pink-green leaves. Its creeping shoots can grow up to 50 centimeters long.

Inch Plant


Position & Temperature

In order for the leaves of Tradescantia fluminensis “Tricolor” to turn an intense color, they need light. Therefore, it is good if it stands bright to partial sun with morning sun, evening sun and winter sun. It can tolerate the hot summer sun if its pot is placed at least one meter behind the window.

The Inch Plant can also cope with partial shade, but may turn green there. Which does not harm it.

Year-round culture at room temperature is possible, as well as temperate overwintering at about 59 °F (15 °C).

Tradescantia fluminensis Tricolor leaves


In addition to mixtures for houseplants and container plants, also substrates for herbs or vegetables are suitable.

Inch Plant Tricolor

Watering & fertilizing

The soil may dry out moderately between waterings, but should not dry out. It must also be avoided that it is under water for days. If water remains in the saucer or planter for a few hours, this is not a problem. As long as the substrate can dry again afterwards.

It is enough if the three-master flower is fertilized only one year after purchase or repotting.

Liquid fertilizers for green plants or flowering plants can be given monthly from April to September, and slow-release fertilizers such as sticks or pellets once in spring and summer.

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