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Tradescantia spathacea


Tradescantia spathacea

  1. Lighting The variegated cultivars need bright light to full sun for intensive leaf coloring. Green forms also do good in partial shade. Tolerates morning sun, evening sun and afternoon sun.
  2. Soil Regular mixes for container plants, vegetables or herbs can be used.
  3. Watering Let the soil moderately dry between the waterings. 2/3 of the pots height.
    Tradescantia spathacea roots
  4. Feeding When in active growth with standard liquid fertilizer (monthly), spikes or granules (2 to 3 monthly).
    New bought or recently repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first year.
  5. Temperature Moses-in-the-Cradle can be grown warm the year round with a winter minimum of 12 °C (53 °F).
  6. Propagation Cuttings from side shoots, division

Green leaved Moses-in-the-Cradle also grows good if placed light shaded.

Tradescantia spathacea Tricolor

Tradescantia spathacea “Tricolor” needs a bright to sunny place to show its variegated leaves.

  1. Scientific name Tradescantia spathacea (syn. Rhoeo discolor)
  2. Common name(s) Moses-in-the-Cradle, Boat Lily
  3. Family Commelinaceae
  4. Origin Central America (Mexico to Guatemala)
  5. Height 30 cm
  6. Toxic No but not edible.

Boat Lily