Monday, October 17, 2011

Houseplant: Tradescantia bermudensis ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Oyster/Boat Plant)

 No, this is not a wandering Jew? 

A new amazing baby plant cut from a gift basket. 

soon, I will be able to share this locally.
I think it has grown sideshots within 4 days after the cutting was made.

 These are my two baby tradescantia bermudensis, watch it for my plant sale, or freecyle soon!

This information is from this page:
Plant Profile, Culture and Propagation :
  • Botanical Name: Tradescantia bermudensis ‘Variegata’ or Tradescantia spathacea ‘Hawaiian Dwarf’ (synonym: Rhoeo bermudensis variegata, Rhoeo spathacea nana variegata)
  • Common Name: Variegated Oyster Plant, Variegated Boat Lily/Plant, Variegated Moses-in-the-basket, Variegated Moses-in-the-cradle
  • Family name: Commelinaceae
  • Plant type: An ornamental perennial succulent herb, native to Tropical Central America.
  • Light: Full sun to partial sun. Can tolerate shade but result in pale-colored leaves.
  • Moisture: Regular watering and moderately. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Soil: Well-drained loamy soil. Prefers fertile composted soils, though can tolerate less acceptable conditions.
  • Potted Tradescantia spathacea 'Hawaiian Dwarf' or Tradescantia bermudensis 'Variegata'Propagation: This dwarf variegated cultivar of Tradecantia bermudensis ‘Variegata’ is sterile and non-seeding, thus propagated by division of its rhizomes or offsets.
    It can also be propagated from herbaceous stem cuttings too that root easily. See the right image – there’s a stem hanging down outside the pot with 3 young offshoots. To propagate, I could have easily pluck them and push into potting soil to let them spread. It’s that easy! Even those plants in the pot can be done likewise.
  • Close up of Tradescantia spathacea 'Hawaiian Dwarf' or Tradescantia bermudensis 'Variegata', shot Feb 17, 2008Features: Tradescantia spathacea ‘Hawaiian Dwarf’ is a short and compact herbaceous plant that grows moderately to a height of 0.5-1 foot (15-30cm) with a similar spread. It has a clump-forming habit, self-propagating by offshoots from fleshy rhizomes (rootstock).
    Each plant forms a rosette of stunning tricolor foliage of white, green and a tinge of pink on the upper side of leaves, with pinkish purple undersides. Its variegated leaves are short, 4-6 ins (10-16cm) long, stiff and blade-like, smooth-textured and closely overlapping around stout herbaceous stem, offsetting to form a striking and colorful colony.
  • Usage: Variegated Oyster Plant ‘Pink’ is popularly grown for its colorful foliage and texture attributes. Being compact and low-growing, it will be most ideal as a ground cover or front-of-the-border grouping in garden beds or borders. Great specimen for landscaping too. Also, very suitable for planting in combination planters and hanging baskets. As a houseplant, it’ll look lovely in small ceramic pots.
  • Displaying the offshoots of Tradescantia spathacea 'Hawaiian Dwarf' or Tradescantia bermudensis 'Variegata'Care: Tradescantia bermudensis ‘Variegata’ is an easy care plant. Requires no pruning whatsoever as it is a dwarf cultivar and is least bothered by pests or diseases. If the colony of plants gets too big over time, just remove stray or excess plants by plucking them off or cutting straight into the clumps with a spade and plant them elsewhere or discard them. Preferably, grow it in hot and sunny areas as it just love the sun and do not overwater as it can cause root rot.
  • For temperate zones: Hardiness – USDA Zone 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b and 11. More information here

1 comment:

  1. wonderful what you do with plants..and reusing...hope you give OTTAWAPLANTCYCLE a mention..;)