The specimens of Tradescantia prefer luminous locations, but far from the direct rays of the sun; most of the species do not like the cold, and are therefore cultivated in apartment, with lowest temperatures over the 8-10°C; some species of tradescantia can stand the cold, and are utilized as wallpaper in the shaded or semi-shaded halos.
In the case of specimens of Grass misery grown in the open air it can happen that during very cold winters the plants dry up completely, to start developing a spring again; the grass misery develops rapidly, the specimens grown in the ground can also become pests.
They are plants which do not bear the air currents, therefore, if cultivated in apartment, they are to be placed in a bright but sheltered place.
- The plants of the genus tradescantia are native to the American continent, with species widespread in much of North America, and others widespread in Central America and in the northern part of the south …
From March to October water when the soil is dry, these plants can withstand without problems even prolonged periods of drought, although they prefer a soil with a good degree of humidity, but without excessive water that can lead to harmful root rot. During the hottest days it is advisable to proceed with vaporization of the water at room temperature on the leaves.
During the cold months, thin out watering. During the vegetative period, fertilize every 40-45 days.
The multiplication of the tradescanzia takes place by cutting, or by division of the tufts; the falling branches of tradescantia often produce roots, when touching the substratum of cultivation, but also aerial: small portions of stem already rooted may be detached from the mother plant, in order to originate new plants in fairly short times.
The misery herb spreads very easily, becoming, in some cases, a weed.
To have the ideal substrate for the cultivation of tradescanzia, use a good balanced soil, mixed with sand or lapilli, to increase drainage.
The plant is repotted in the spring, with an annual intervention to allow the best development of the roots.
Misery, Grass misery, Tracescancy – Tradescantia: Pests and Diseases
It is a rather resistant plant; it is rarely attacked by cochineals and green aphids. If you notice the presence of cochineals you can intervene manually using a cloth with alcohol to pass on the affected leaves. To eliminate aphids, there are systemic insecticide products that allow you to get good results. It is also possible to intervene with natural preparations based on nettle to vaporize the affected specimens.
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