Spiderwort (Tradescantia) - Knowledgebase Question

Fountain Valley, CA
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Question by Crosswordr
May 5, 1998
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 from NGA
May 5, 1998
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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