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Moses-in-the-Cradle in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Tradescantia spathacea syn. Rhoeo spathacea, Rhoeo discolor

 

Moses-in-the-Cradle

Excellent and fast growing ground cover. Does not like a lot of water and can develop serious issues with root rot. Lovely foliage enjoys partial shade to full shade. Tradescantia are climbing or trailing plants which will thrive indoors in good light.

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plant Features
  • Moses-in-the-Cradle likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Moses-in-the-Cradle likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Moses-in-the-Cradle is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Moses-in-the-Cradle likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Moses-in-the-Cradle

Latin name

Tradescantia spathacea syn. Rhoeo spathacea, Rhoeo discolor

type

Perennial

family

Commelinaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Moses-in-the-Cradle likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Moses-in-the-Cradle is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Moses-in-the-Cradle likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

  • Water

    Moses-in-the-Cradle likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Moses-in-the-Cradle is 0.60meters x 0.45meters 0.60 M 0.45 M

Tradescantia spathacea syn. Rhoeo spathacea, Rhoeo discolor

Excellent and fast growing ground cover. Does not like a lot of water and can develop serious issues with root rot. Lovely foliage enjoys partial shade to full shade. Tradescantia are climbing or trailing plants which will thrive indoors in good light.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Wandering Jews require full sunlight, especially the variegated types. Keep them above 17C (63F), although they will survive down to a few degrees above freezing in winter. Re-pot small plants annually in spring, but large plants can be fed once a week instead of re-potting. Pinch out regularly to promote bushy growth. House plants are best replaced every two or three years.

 

Propogation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Wandering Jews can easily be propagated by taking tip cuttings at any time of the year. Place in a tumbler of water until the cutting has rooted and then re-plant in fresh compost.

 
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