Huernia Zebrina - Plant
Common name: Tradescantia zebrina
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Lifesaver plants can be grown as intriguing indoor, greenhouse or summer patio container plants almost anywhere. Species such as Huernia zebrina, H. pillansii, H. keniensis and H. primulina can be grown in outdoor landscapes in warm-winter and Mediterranean climates.
Protect outdoor plants from frost and rain during winter and full sun in summer. Plant enthusiasts worldwide grow Huernias because of their interesting stem shapes and colors and because of the often intricate and fascinating flower forms and colors.
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 10 °C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Huernias require a potting mix with excellent drainage.
- A succulent plant mix of 50 percent pumice or perlite, 25 percent peat or organic mulch, and 25 percent sand helps prevent rotting and overwatering.
- Roots experience dieback in cool-season dormancy, so plants grow best in shallow containers that allow the soil to dry out quickly.
Lifesaver plants prefer bright light or partial shade.
- In nature, they grow underneath shrubs or other plants.
- Too much sun causes stems to develop protective reddish or purple pigmentation and can actually scald the stems.
- Too little light leads to weak, thin growth with decreased flower production.
Easy to grow. As a houseplant, grow in pots, hanging baskets or along shelves. Ground cover or bedding plant where it can be grown outdoors.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
No serious insect or disease problems.
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