A low-maintenance perennial, grown for its showy flowers and attractive foliage.
Common name : Spiderwort
Scientific name : Tradescantia x andersoniana
Family : Commelinaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
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Sowing & planting
40 - 80
7 - 8
Identify my spiderwort
Spiderwort is recognized by its long, gnarled stem, and its long narrow leaves and 3-petalled flowers. Flowers are mostly violet, blue, sometimes pinkish white, red or pink.
Plant my spiderwort
Tradescantias need fresh, moist, well-drained soil: add sand if needed.
Dip the clumps in a tray filled with water to moisten them well. Plant them when the water is no longer flowing out of the bucket.
Prepare the soil: make holes, leaving a spacing of 20 to 30 cm per foot, and mix the soil with potting soil, sand and some compost.
Place the plants in there.
Cover with soil by tamping gently to avoid air around the roots, then water.
Weed my spiderwort
In perennial species, weeding also means working your flowerbed – don't let anything develop too quickly to the detriment of others.
Water my spiderwort
The spiderwort needs water, especially in case of hot weather.
In pots, keep the soil moist by regular watering.
In the open soil, it is more difficult to say, it depends on your mulching, the situation ... Anyway, monitor your plant, the state of its leaves, its bloom, should inform you. Push a finger into the ground, it must be cool!
Fertilize my spiderwort
With a respectful approach to soil life, it's always better to fertilize a little in advance with organic material that will decompose; spread out a compost that isn't entirely decomposed, with well decomposed manure at the plant's base, and incorporate over 10 cm with a hoe. This operation is carried out in winter so that earthworms and bacteria have enough time to do their job.
Propagate my spiderwort
You may divide the plant in autumn.
Choose an older plant, that no longer flowers well, but that still looks healthy enough - don't wait until it's too late !
Dig it up with a pitchfork or a spade - drive the pitchfork into the centre of the clump to divide it in half, in one good cut. Replant the two parts of the plant immediately.
Mulch my spiderwort
Mulch the spiderwort abundantly, it will spare you some watering and weeding in summer, and - even if they are rather hardy: it will protect the roots of the cold in winter.
You can, from the middle of spring, use grass clippings, for example!
Cut down my spiderwort
After flowering, cut back your plant to a compact shape.