February 1st, 2021
Hey plant friends!
This week we are going to be talking about Tradescantia nanouk (tra·duh·skan·shee·uh). These familiar plants belong to the Commelinaceae family and are native to Southern Canada to northern Argentina, including the West Indies. You probably have seen the classic Tradescantia plant for a long time now but the Nanouk was created as a new cultivar when a grower cross-pollinated two seedlings and got this beautiful plant! With its bright almost neon pink patterns it surely to make a statement in your home.
Tradescantia nanouk are going to want a bit more light than the usual wandering 'dude' you see. A good indication for not enough light on these plants will be elongated stems. If that does happen move your plant to a brighter spot. They thrive in a bright indirect light. As bright as possible.
Water your Nanouk when the first 2 inches of soil is dry. They will not want to completely dry out. A north-facing window will be less light therefore you will have to water less usually. This plant does love humidity so its always a good idea to mist the plant. Tradescantia will want a well-draining soil, using Espoma houseplant mix and adding in some extra perlite would do great!
This is a very fun and easy plant for propagating, gifting to a friend or even just to make your pot more full for that dramatic look we all love.