The Q&A Archives: Spider Wort

Question: I recently discovered Spider Wort. I love it and have both the pink and the purple. We have had a very hot summer. I noticed something was eating all my plants and found out it was slugs, I got a repellent for it but notice my spider plants started looking burt up and black on the folige. They had blooms for over two months now This is my first summer with the plants and I think I have killed it some way. It hasn't had blooms since early July. I also noticed it has very strong roots and it is hard to seperate. I want to move it around my yard. Any suggestions on both questions.

Answer: Tradescantia, or spiderwort are beautiful, aren't they? To grow well they like a moist soil so be sure to water regularly, keeping the soil moist but not soggy wet. Cutting back once they have flowered should result in a second bloom later in the season. I would cut the plants back now to encourage new growth and then next spring I would dig and separate the plants. You're right, the roots are vigorous and the job will not be easy but once you've finished, you'll have beautiful plants all over your yard. Enjoy!

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