If you've never grown a purple queen, you may want to add it to your jungle collection. Bunches of rich purple, lance-shaped leaves make this a beautiful house plant year-round. Hang it in a basket and let the long, sprawling stems cascade over the side.
Botanical name: Tradescantia Pallida Purpurea
Other names: Purple heart, purple queen, purple spiderwort.
Position: Bright filtered light for good foliage colour.
Features: The Tradescantia Pallida Purpurea is a perennial, attractive, hardy plant in a rich eye-catching purple with purple-coloured stems and purple-violet leaves that produce pink flowers in the summer. This plant is mainly grown from its foliage, leaves can reach 7 inches long.
Soil: Decent potting mix
Rate of growth: Fast
Watering: Water once top two inches of soil dry, prone to root rot. Soft and dried stems can be a sign of root rot; cut an entire stalk at ground level.
Humidity: Average room humidity.
Temperature: 18-27 ° C. Keep away from draughts and sources of heat/air conditioning.
Air filtrating: Yes
Fertiliser: Apply a watered-down liquid fertiliser once a month during spring/summer.
Propagation: Yes, cuttings very easily.
Pest/Diseases: Spider mites, mealybugs, aphids, whitefly, root mealybugs, scale & thrips. Typical diseases associated with Tradescantia are leaf-spot disease, botrytis, powdery mildew & root rot.
Toxicity: Mildly if ingested
Pot size: 12cm
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