Tradescantia Sitara

Tradescantia spathacea
Tradescantia Sitara
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BOTANICAL SUPER POWERS

Medium to Bright Indirect

The orientation of your window defines where to put your plant so it gets medium to bright indirect sunlight. If your window faces
North, place your plant between 0 and 1 ft away from it.
East or West, put it 1 to 5 ft away.
South, place it between 1 to 10 ft away, as sunlight from the South is the strongest.

Air Purifying

This plant cleans the air from toxins and VOCs like a pro.

Most notably removes: trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, ammonia.

O2 release at night

Unlike most plants, this one releases oxygen at night. Why not put a few of these in the bedroom?

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Moses-in-the-cradle plants get their nickname from their ability to make small, white, three-petalled flowers that open out of purple cradle-shaped bracts.

Plant story

Tradescantia spathacea, nicknamed the Boatlily or Moses-in-the-cradle, is native to Belize, Guatemala, and southern Mexico. Its leaves form a tall rosette with their narrow, stiff, and upright dark green leaves. They have beautiful purple undersides, adding discrete tones of colour to a green collection. The perfect choice if you aren’t sure you’re ready for colour, but curious about it!

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Place of origin

Southern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala

Tradescantia

This plant comes in different varieties.

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Light

MEDIUM TO BRIGHT INDIRECT

Check the direction of your window, then put your plant within the range suggested below.

Within any given range, aim to place the plant as close to the window as possible.

North:
0-1 ft
EAST/WEST:
0-5 ft
SOUTH:
1-10 ft
2

Water

MODERATE DRINKER

Check the moisture of the soil 1/week and water only when 2” of the topsoil is dry.

2' OF THE TOPSOIL IS DRY
DISLIKES

Sitting in water

3

Air

TROPICAL

Aim to provide the air conditions your plant would find in its natural habitat.

TEMPERATURE
18-27°C65-80°F
HUMIDITY
HIGH

Mist daily

Use humidifier

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Soil

HEAVY EATER

Use liquid fertilizer as indicated below from March to September.

FREQUENCY
monthly
NPK FORMULA
20-20-20
DISLIKES

Fertilizing in winter and fall months

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Light

Tradescantia Sitara needs MEDIUM TO BRIGHT INDIRECT.

To place your plant in the perfect spot, let’s start with understanding how much light it needs and how much light your place gets. To figure this out, you need to find the direction of your window and measure how far the plant is from it. First, using the compass or map on your phone, see what direction your window faces: North, East, West, or South. Here’s what you need to remember:

  1. South-facing windows make for the brightest spots, then East- and West-facing, and then North-facing.
  2. If the window is in between two directions, use the least sunny direction as a base.
  3. Each window has an optimal proximity range. Here’s where to put your Tradescantia Sitara, based on the direction of your window:
    • within 1ft away from North window;
    • within 5ft away from East or West window;
    • between 1-10ft away from South window;

Within this range, the closer your plant is to the window, the more light photons it gets, and the better it thrives.

Note: This is a general guideline. Each place is unique, and you know yours best. Is the window view obstructed by the trees and a highrise? Is there a sheer curtain? If so, less light is coming in. Move your plant closer!

Still not sure if your Tradescantia Sitara will be thriving in the spot you picked?

Another simple way to define brightness levels is by measuring the intensity of the shadow. That’s particularly helpful if the view is somewhat obstructed and it’s hard to estimate how much light actually sneaks in. Place a sheet of paper on the spot where you’d like to grow a plant. Hold your hand about 1 foot (30cm) above the paper. Now, what do you see?

Tradescantia Sitara needs Medium to Bright Indirect.

Water

Tradescantia Sitara is a MODERATE DRINKER.

Check your plant regularly, but only water it when it’s thirsty.

Every plant needs a period of drying for the oxygen to get to its roots. Overwatering damages your plant by preventing that process from happening. So how can you know how much water your
Tradescantia Sitara
needs? The ideal watering frequency depends on the plant’s drinking habits and how fast the soil dries out in your unique indoor space, so it would be misleading to recommend a fixed schedule. To best meet your plant’s water needs, monitor it, and watch for the signs it’s thirsty.

Here’s how the how to:

Once a week before giving your plant a drink, check the moisture level in the pot by dipping your finger a couple of inches into the soil.


Moderate Drinkers
need to be watered when 2′ of the topsoil is dry.

The dislikes of Your Tradescantia Sitara When It Comes To Water

  • Your Tradescantia Sitara doesn’t like it when its roots are left sitting in water. They would start to rot and that would irreversibly damage your plant.

What to do: Make sure you always discard the drenched water from the pot or saucer after watering.

Air

Tradescantia Sitara comes from a Tropical climate. Aim to provide the air conditions it would find in its natural habitat. At all times, maintain a comfortable room temperature of 65-80°F,18-27°C.


Tradescantia Sitara
thrives in high humidity (40-50%). It tolerates normal humidity (30-40%), but if the humidity is low (less than 30%), you may notice the foliage getting thin and dry on the edges. You can easily rectify that by misting it daily or using a humidifier.

Soil

To provide your Tradescantia Sitara with the right nutrients, fertilize it from March to September.
It’s a HEAVY eater plant. As a rule of thumb, it should be fertilized once a month.

Liquid fertilizer with NPK formula 20-20-20 (Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium) works best for it.

Otherwise, you can use all-purpose indoor plant fertilizer.

Never fertilize your plant during the winter or fall months. It goes through winter dormancy and its appetite naturally slows down.

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