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LARGE POT = approximately 20 plantlets


Tradescantia zebrina Care Sheet for Terrariums

Introduction: Tradescantia zebrina, commonly known as Wandering Jew or Inch Plant, is a popular trailing plant appreciated for its vibrant foliage. Growing Tradescantia zebrina in a terrarium can add lushness and a splash of color to your indoor garden. Follow these care guidelines to ensure the health and vitality of your Tradescantia zebrina in a terrarium:

1. Terrarium Setup:

  • Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix or a mix formulated for tropical plants. Ensure the terrarium has proper drainage to prevent waterlogging.

2. Light:

  • Provide bright, indirect light for Tradescantia zebrina. It can tolerate lower light conditions, but the color intensity may diminish.
  • Avoid direct sunlight, as it may scorch the leaves. Tradescantia zebrina can thrive in bright, filtered light.

3. Temperature and Humidity:

  • Maintain a temperature range between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Tradescantia zebrina prefers warmer conditions.
  • Keep the humidity levels high, ideally between 50-70%. Regular misting can help maintain appropriate humidity within the terrarium.

4. Watering:

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of the soil feels slightly dry.
  • Use room temperature, filtered water to prevent mineral buildup. Allow excess water to drain freely.

5. Fertilization:

  • Feed Tradescantia zebrina with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
  • Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to excessive vegetative growth.

6. Pruning and Maintenance:

  • Trim or pinch back the stems regularly to encourage bushier growth and prevent legginess.
  • Remove any yellowing or damaged leaves to maintain the plant's overall health and appearance.

7. Air Circulation:

  • Ensure good air circulation within the terrarium to prevent fungal issues. Periodically open the terrarium lid to allow fresh air exchange.

8. Propagation:

  • Tradescantia zebrina is easy to propagate. Take stem cuttings and root them in water or directly in the soil to create new plants.

9. Support Structure:

  • Tradescantia zebrina has a trailing habit. Consider providing a small trellis or allowing the vines to cascade naturally, enhancing the plant's aesthetic appeal.

10. Terrarium Companions:

  • Tradescantia zebrina pairs well with other humidity-loving plants in a terrarium. Ensure that companion plants share similar light and moisture requirements.

By following these care guidelines, you can create an optimal environment for your Tradescantia zebrina in a terrarium. The plant's trailing vines and distinctive foliage will contribute to a lush and visually appealing indoor garden.

Tradescantia zebrina - Wandering Jew - POTTED

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