Ask a Question forum→Silver inch plant ( Tradescantia zebrina) dried out stem

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May 14, 2020 3:27 AM CST
I'm wondering if anyone can help troubleshoot my silver inch indoor plant. The stems appear to be drying and thinning for some of the trails. See image.
This is usually at the base of each trail... but the ends of them still appear to be alive (bright colourful leaves).

Any help greatly appreciated.
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Name: Sally
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May 14, 2020 6:02 AM CST
I'm not sure hwat happened but that looks dead in the middle. good news is how easily these root when the live stem touches soil.
I grow these. In summer they are adapted to full sun outside and grow like gangbusters. In winter they have to be indoors some way. They turn odd colors, leaves dry up and generally look horrible but survive.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
May 14, 2020 9:29 AM CST
The vines die from the bottom (close to the soil) to the ends. Even as a vine dies at the pot-end, it will continue to push out new leaves as long as it can. Very long vines and those that are dying - like th one in your hand - can be pruned back to a healthy portion of the vine and new growth will emerge on that vine starting at that point. As Sally wrote, tip cuttings can be propagated in water or damp soil.

Give your plant as much direct indoor sun as possible. Let the top half-inch of soil get dry before you water it thoroughly. Prune back long stems regularly.
Will Creed
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