Tradescantia spathacea has fleshy rhizomes and rosettes of waxy lance-shaped leaves, dark to metallic green above, with glossy purple underneath.
Common name : Boatlily
Scientific name : Tradescantia spathacea
Family : Comelinaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
A native to the dry forests of central America but widely cultivated as an ornamental and naturalized in parts of Florida, Texas, Hawaii, and various oceanic islands - and as a houseplant elsewhere.
Sowing & planting
30 - 50
6.3 - 6.9
Plant my boatlily
In pots, plant in a mix of loam and compost on a bed of gravel.
Choose a container measures at least 20 cm wide, and that is rather deep, to store water as long as possible.
Place it in the light but protected from direct sun.
Water my boatlily
Tradescantias like water, so water every two days the first month, then twice a week during the rest of the growing season.
In winter, space the waterings.
Fertilize my boatlily
In pots, replace the top soil layer in early spring with some compost.
You can also give them some nettle manure diluted by 1/10 every two weeks.
Propagate my boatlily
To propagate your Tradescantias you can easily cut a part of the tuft with a spade and replant it in another pot. It is better to do it in the spring or fall.
Shelter my boatlily
Your plant isn't hardy - tuck it in for the winter !
Put outside my boatlily
When the warm days are here, put it out, in the light but not direct sun.