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WI-Midwest US
Sep 12, 2017 8:07 AM CST
I have a moses in a basket plant. When I got it over a year ago, it barely survived. When we moved three months ago, I was afraid that I wasn't going to be able to take it with, because it looked so sad. I repotted it, and have since had to split it, and have two different pots. I have it sitting in my bay window, where it gets direct sunlight. It won't stop growing!!! The plant is the healthiest I've ever been able to grow anything, and I am not sure what to plant it in. I have asked at a gardening center in town, and they weren't real helpful. It is definitely an indoor plant though. I live in WI. Suggestions please!!
Name: Elaine
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Sep 12, 2017 10:23 AM CST
They're very easy, prolific and shallow-rooted. So you could plant it in a shallow wide pot, and it will fill it and spill nicely over the edges, or a big, shallow hanging basket might be nice, too.

They do like warmth and humidity, so a kitchen or bathroom during your winters is probably a good place if you have good light sources (windows) They grow well here in the shade. To slow it down, let it get coolish at night (your regular night time setting on the house heat will probably be low enough. If it's getting out of hand, just remove a few of the biggest leaf rosettes and chuck them. That way you'll have nice fresh growth coming along to fill in the spaces soon.

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Name: greene
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Sep 12, 2017 10:39 AM CST
Go to the NGA database entry for the plant, scroll down and read all the threads where this plant has been featured - it would be a good thing to do on a rainy day. Lots of good suggestions:

Moses-in-a-Basket (Tradescantia spathacea)
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Name: Will Creed
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Sep 15, 2017 11:30 AM CST
Often when a Tradescantia spathacea gest overgrown it is better to prune it back rather than moving it into ever larger pots.
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