Serbia (Tradescantia zapovidna) — care at home

Tradescantia zapovidna

Is a member of the family commelinaceae, native to Central and South America.

It is a perennial, a hanging plant, herbaceous and very common houseplant with fleshy, fragile and drooping stem, oblong-ovate leaves, with a length of approximately 10 cm and a width of 4-5 cm.

The upper part of the leaves is has two silvery-white along the stripes on the green foliage. The lower part red.

Tradescantia zapovidna is very undemanding to grow, blooms with small purple flowers, purple and pink-purple.

Growing zerbini (tradescantia zapovidna)

 Location and lighting

The plant needs a lot of abundant ambient light. Easy transfers like direct sunlight and partial shade.

Best grown in the Western and Eastern Windows, but can grow in the North and South. With an excess of direct sunlight, the leaves may burn. In the summer you can stand on a balcony to the garden, protected from wind and bright light.


Make certain the temperatures is not necessary, so can be grown in standard room conditions. The main thing in the winter to prevent the temperature drops below 14 degrees.

Watering and humidity

Watering should be abundant, but evenly in the period from spring to summer, not letting the water stagnate in the pot, water is poured from the pan, literally 30 minutes after watering, wipe the pan dry with a cloth. In winter, watering is moderate.

Tradescantia zapovidna can be quite long to withstand drought. Humidity is not critical, but spraying in the hot summer days are only good.


Fertilize several times a month during the growing season – spring and summer complex mineral or organic fertilizers. Stop to feed in autumn or winter feed.

Transplantation and propagation

Do transplant in the spring once a year for young specimens and every 2-3 years for adults, the usual floral substrate.

Tradescantia zapovednyy propagated by seed, division and cuttings. As bait take the part of the stem with 2-3 leaves, put in water until the appearance of roots or from roots into the soil.

Root in a few days. Reproduction is very simple, so this can work even novice growers.

Pests and fight with them

Can be affected by scale insects, aphids and thrips. The leaves when they appear begin to turn yellow and die.

There should be regular inspection, to clean up pests with soap and sponge and, if necessary, sprayed with insecticides.

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