Tradescantia pallida, or the Purple Heart Plant, are known for their iconic purple stems that tend to grow out and trail. Surprisingly, most plant owners prefer to include this species in their collection for the foliage rather than the flowers.
The blooms are pretty in themselves, ranging from a violet to a pink, but the stems and leaves are more vibrant.
Caring for a Purple Heart is easy and you will certainly be successful in keeping them alive and rich in color when their basic needs are met.
These plants prefer soil that is lightweight and porous. Typically such soil will include elements of peat moss, perlite, and compost. Most commercial potting mixes will suffice. Or you can choose to use one specifically made for plants with a similar growth pattern.
Do you ever wonder how those purple stems stay so brightly colored? Well, it can be mostly attributed to the amount of sunlight. Purple Heart plants that are placed in full sun are more likely to hold on to that violet hue.
You’ll want to introduce your Tradescantia pallida to these bright conditions in increments over time to avoid foliage burn. The plant, as a whole, can thrive in partial shade, but the stems shift to a greener color.
The Purple Heart plant is known to be drought tolerant, making watering an easier chore. Although they can survive for long stints without being saturated, these individuals still need a regular schedule.
The younger plants will require more water than adults, typically once a week. Full-grown Purple Heart plants will not need any water until the top layer of soil feels dry to the touch.
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