How to care for: Tradescantia (Zebrina)

Tradescantia is a family of herbaceous and perennial plants. This plant family consists of sixty species, most of which are hanging. The Purple Flame is an exception to this rule, as it grows in height. The Tradescantia is an easy indoor plant. Position the plant on a spot with indirect sunlight and give it a sip of water once a week. You will be able to enjoy this special plant for a long time.

Medium light

Water once a week


Every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Toxic to pets

Repot every 2 years

How do you take care of a Tradescantia?

The best location for Tradescantia plants

The Tradescantia likes to be placed in a spot with lots of light. Not all species tolerate bright light well. It is best to place the plant in medium bright light. The Tradescantia prefers a spot next to a window on the west or east. A spot near the south is of course also possible, but make sure that the plant is at least 2 metres away from the window.

Watering the Tradescantia

Tradescantia plants prefer a balanced level of moisture, not too wet nor too dry. Therefore, the best way to check if your plant needs water is to check the top centimeters of the soil. If it's dry, then you can water the plant. From spring to summer you can add some water every 5 days. From autumn to winter every 10 days is enough.


Repotting the Tradescantia isn't necessary every year. We recommend repotting the Tradescantia every 2 years. This gives the plant new nutrients and more room for root growth. The airier soil is also very good for the water flowing through. The best period to repot is spring.

Plant nutrition

During spring until summer, a fertilizer every two weeks provides a boost to the Tradescantia. However, during the winter months, you shouldn't feed the plant any fertilizer since it doesn't grow during these months. The leaves turn yellow and die from over-fertilization.

Air-purifying function

The Tradescantia is not known for its air-purifying function. As far as we’re concerned, no problem.

Is the Tradescantia toxic?

The Tradescantia is toxic to children and pets.

Diseases and peculiarities

If the air is too dry, the Tradescantia can suffer from spider mites. To prevent spider mites, it is best to use the plant sprayer once a week. Spider mites are an infection of mites on plants. You can recognise the infection by infected leaves and a kind of cobwebs. If you have come across spider mites, it is best to place the plant outside. Wind and moisture from outside will quickly keep the spider mite away.

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