The Q&A Archives: Spiderwort (Tradescantia)

Question: Is this plant a perennial ? I bought it at a local nursery and know only that it likes shade and that its botannical name is Tradescantia. Would appreciate any information you may have. ( I think I may have to keep it in a container, and need to know how big the container should be. Also, what kind of fertilizer and how often to fertilize.)

Answer: Tradescantia is one of those indestructible plants that is often grown indoors, or outdoors in shaded areas. Can also be used as a potted plant. It's a perennial plant that likes damp to wet soil conditions. Your T. virginiana (Spiderwort) will grow in clumps 1 1/2 to 3 feet tall with long, deep green, grasslike foliage. The three-petaled flowers open for only a day, but buds come in large clusters and splants are seldome out of bloom during the summer. Pot yours up in a 12-inch deep container and you won't have to repot it for a few years. Apply a liquid fertilizer once a month during spring and summer, but don't feed in the winter. You can divide the plant when it gets too big for its container.

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