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Tradescantia Purple 4"

Tradescantia Purple 4"

Light Requirements

  • Brightness: Tradescantia 'Purple' thrives in bright, indirect light to maintain its vibrant color. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or late afternoon.
  • Placement: Place your plant near an east or north-facing window for optimal light. If placed in a south or west-facing window, ensure it receives filtered light or some shade during the peak sunlight hours to prevent leaf scorching.


  • Frequency: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
  • Method: Water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.

Humidity and Temperature

  • Humidity: Tradescantia 'Purple' prefers moderate humidity levels but can tolerate lower humidity typical of indoor environments. If the air is very dry, increase humidity by using a humidifier, placing a water tray nearby, or misting the plant occasionally.
  • Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 60-80°F (15-27°C). Protect the plant from cold drafts and sudden temperature changes, as it is sensitive to temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

Soil and Fertilization

  • Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix. A standard houseplant mix with added perlite or sand to improve drainage works well for Tradescantia 'Purple'.
  • Fertilization: Feed your plant every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Reduce feeding during the fall and winter months.

Pruning and Cleaning

  • Pruning: Regularly prune to remove any dead or damaged leaves and to maintain the plant’s shape. Pruning also encourages bushier growth. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.
  • Cleaning: Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking vibrant. This also helps the plant to photosynthesize more efficiently.


  • Frequency: Repot every 1-2 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Spring is the best time to repot your Tradescantia 'Purple'.
  • Pot Selection: Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one and ensure it has drainage holes.

Pest Management

  • Common Pests: Tradescantia 'Purple' can be susceptible to pests like spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Regular inspections and keeping the plant clean can help prevent infestations.
  • Control: If you notice pests, treat them early with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or by wiping them off with a damp cloth.


  • Method: Tradescantia 'Purple' is easy to propagate from stem cuttings. Cut a healthy stem just below a node, remove the lower leaves, and place the cutting in water or directly into soil. Roots should develop within a few weeks.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Yellowing Leaves: This can be caused by overwatering, underwatering, or poor drainage. Ensure proper watering practices and that the pot has adequate drainage.
  • Leggy Growth: Can be a sign of insufficient light. Move the plant to a brighter location with indirect light.
  • Brown Leaf Tips: Often caused by low humidity or inconsistent watering. Increase humidity and ensure even watering practices.

General Tips

  • Acclimation: When bringing a new Tradescantia 'Purple' home, give it time to acclimate to its new environment. Avoid moving it frequently.
  • Rotation: Rotate the plant every few weeks to ensure even growth and prevent it from leaning towards the light source.

Care Instructions

Delivery only available in IL & MO

Currently, shipping is only available to Illinois and Missouri addresses.

In-Store Pick Up

Free in-store pick-up is available during store hours. Orders are ready to go within 24-48 hours after your order is placed.

Additional Info

Each plant is unique; size, coloring, and shape fluctuate so your plant may be slightly different than the one pictured. However, you'll always receive a happy healthy plant hand-picked, and I won't give customers anything I wouldn't take home myself!

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