Perennials forum: How to care for spiderwort

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jul 20, 2015 9:33 AM CST
I have one of these and it opens its flowers in the morning but they close up quickly. I noticed they are opened in the shade but close after the sun is on them. They are potted, not yet planted out. Tag says full sun, but this indicates to me they don't like sun? or do they just open in the mornings? I just don't know anything about them. Are they really hardy? Just wonder if they need a lot of pampering, special soil or lots of water? Zone 5/6 ok for them over wintering?

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Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Jul 20, 2015 2:37 PM CST
I do grow a few spiderworts (Tradescantia) here so they should overwinter for you. IMO, they tend to get brown spots and melt after they bloom. I think they do better here when the roots are kept a little cooler - they don't totally melt away. 'Sweet Kate' is in my sunny bed but doesn't get direct sun but it does get hot there. It melts away to nothing. I have 'Osprey' where the roots are definitely shaded by a hosta and it gets a few hours of direct sun in the afternoon. It doesn't melt away as totally as 'Sweet Kate'. Maybe morning sun would be better for these but I don't have any. If you deadhead them, you'll get more blooms.
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Frillylily
Jul 20, 2015 4:10 PM CST
ok thank you. It was a gift plant so I do want to keep it alive if I can.
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Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Jul 20, 2015 6:28 PM CST

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Hardy they are ,I have been trying to get rid of them for years. No matter how many I rip out they just show up everywhere.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 20, 2015 7:16 PM CST
Ditto! Known here as PITA.
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Frillylily
Jul 20, 2015 9:09 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 21, 2015 7:27 AM CST
The blooms do close early depending on temperature & sun hitting them. The earlier the sun hits them and the hotter it gets determines how long the blooms remain open. Mine are in dappled sun in the afternoon. They have almost all melted away for the year. They'll come back in the spring.
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Xeramtheum
Jul 21, 2015 10:15 AM CST
Best way to keep it going is to try and kill it! Like Bob and Arlene, it's near impossible to get rid of .. I've mowed over it, hit it with weed killer, yanked it out and it keeps coming back in places I can't believe .. because of that, I'm thinking it makes seeds but I've never seen a seed pod and I've looked!
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jul 21, 2015 10:22 AM CST
I've dug out the roots, many times, and still find it roaming around the next year. I get the feeling they'll be in my funeral arrangements!
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Bonehead
Jul 21, 2015 10:50 AM CST
They are not invasive for me. Same patch for several years has grown as any perennial will do, but has not tried to take anything over. No unwanted seedlings anywhere either. Pacific Northwest Zone 8.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 21, 2015 10:54 AM CST
Oh they reseed. Too difficult to find the seed pods but I know they reseed. Funny that you guys in colder zones have problems with it being a thug. Like Deb, I haven't really had a problem with it like that & the same was true when I lived in zone 10. In fact, I dug mine up from the side of the road & planted them in one of my "wild" areas & actually WISH they would increase more rapidly.
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Name: Cindy
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Jul 21, 2015 2:50 PM CST
Years ago I had some Tradescantia that roamed and didn't buy any new plants for a long time. They weren't attractive at all but they were in a wilder part of the garden. 'Sweet Kate' and 'Osprey' seem to be well-behaved. The former has melted to nothing now but the latter (in more shade) is still throwing out a flower or two.
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Frillylily
Jul 21, 2015 2:59 PM CST
I have Sweet Kate
Name: Cindy
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Jul 21, 2015 6:07 PM CST
When it's in flower, it makes my day. Nice gift!
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jul 22, 2015 6:21 PM CST
I'm in a Zone 2b and I've had two Spiderwort's for about three summers. They are thriving, but not spreading. I wouldn't mind if they spread a bit. 😀
Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Jul 22, 2015 6:26 PM CST
'Sweet Kate' hasn't really spread for me but it has for DD in MI. I think if I had it in a cooler/shadier spot with better soil, it might spread. 'Osprey' has spread some but not rapidly.
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Jul 22, 2015 6:38 PM CST

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Sweet Kate did not spread like the others.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 23, 2015 5:07 AM CST
Spiderwort is growing all over the place under the old oak tree at my place. I have three kinds: Zwanenburg Blue,
Valour (pink), and Osprey (white). They only bloom 1/2 day, in the morning. They are melting away now, which is good because then I can check for poison ivy under the tree and get rid of it, lol! If I spray for poison ivy, I know I am not going to kill all of the spiderwort. It reseeds freely here. I don't think you will have any trouble with it dying on you.



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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jul 23, 2015 8:25 AM CST
Vickie - I didn't realize that it reseeds but then I deadhead hoping to keep the blooms coming. My old 'Zwanenburg Blue' (always loved the color) did spread (and ultimately died out due to neglect) but I always thought it was by roots. Learn something new every day.

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