Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’

Family: Commelinaceae

Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, South America, Uruguay

Tradescantia fluminensis can be found growing in the wild in the region that stretches from South Eastern and Southern Brazil through to North Argentina, where the plants grow primarily in the wet tropical biome.  Common names for Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ include Spiderwort and Inch Plant, but there are many other common names.  These plants have sweet mid to dark green coloured foliage, whilst the undersides of the leaves are paler in colour and display a slightly silvery tint.

The green-leaved forms of Tradescantia, like Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ are the best types of Tradescantia to choose if you’re looking for a houseplant for a shaded room.  However, although Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ will grow very successfully in the shade and they’re an ideal option for dimly lit rooms, these plants would be happiest growing in rooms with higher quality light and they’ll be absolutely delighted to grow in a room that receives bright sunshine.  Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ are very versatile, adaptable plants, which makes them very useful, as you can grow Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ successfully in areas with a wide range of light levels.

Another advantage for gardeners growing Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ plants is this a drought tolerant plant that only needs to be watered once its growing media is about to dry out.  Never leave Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ sitting in water.  Always cultivate Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ in containers with a number of holes at the base to allow water to escape out of the bottom of the pot and enable more air to reach the roots.  Stick to using free-draining, peat-free compost for Tradescantia.  Moss can also be used as a growing media for Tradescantia.

Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’.

Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ is a great candidate to grow in a container placed on a high shelf – you know the ones that are high up and hard to reach – as the plants need watering infrequently and they’re happy to grow in almost any light level; plus with their naturally cascading foliage, Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ are an ideal choice to grow on shelves or in a hanging basket.

When it comes to watering, these plants require smaller quantities of water on fewer occasions during autumn and wintertime.  In spring and summertime, check your plant’s compost before you water – don’t water your plants if you can feel moisture in the compost.  I find that Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ plants’ foliage tends to look a little paler and duller when the plans require watering, but check your plants’ compost first and see how it feels and evaluate the foliage second.  If you’re unsure whether or not to irrigate your plants, try leaving it a couple of days and then look again at your Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ plant and reassess the situation.

Maintain your Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Viridis’ plants, by taking cuttings regularly.  These plants thrive in free-draining, peat-free compost, or containers of moss.

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