Photo by Melody

Beginner Gardening: Tradescantia (formerly Rhoeo) spathacea "Dwarf Tricolor"

Communities > Forums > Beginner Gardening
Forum: Beginner GardeningReplies: 1, Views: 141
Add to Bookmarks
United Kingdom

July 2, 2007
10:19 AM

Post #3684897

I bought one of these a few months ago to be kept as a container plant, but it seems incredibly prolific. I have re-potted it once, but to be honest, it will just outgrow any pot that I put it in, in a very short time. I know they are used as ground cover in warmer climates, so what it the best approach in a pot. Should I just prune heavily or divide and re-pot into separate containers. Has anyone else grown this in a pot long term?

You can see pictures of my plant and how it has grown over the past few month at my website,

(Zone 1)

July 2, 2007
1:06 PM

Post #3685425

Yep ... I have the Tradescantia bermudensis plant here growing in my Garden as well as in containers in my screened pool enclosure. I have given some away in trades. There's a solid green form with reddish underside (Tradescantia spathacea) that a lot of folks like to grow here in Florida as a ground cover, but I don't like the green one, too boring to me. I just love the T. bermundensis with the vivid color Here's the Plant Files info on it:

Here's a photo of one of mine in a pot on the pool deck, I've never even put it in an interesting or pretty container (soon, if I find time) ... it's just in one of those old nursery pots. I dug it up out of the garden because it was being taken over by some vines! I still have another one I need to dig up and transplant elsewhere, or put it in containers too. When they multiply, I just remove some of the pups and pot them up to trade!

Thumbnail by plantladylin
Click the image for an enlarged view.

You cannot post until you register and login.

Other Beginner Gardening Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Vines for shade Foxglove 27 Aug 23, 2007 2:17 AM
wierd bug problem Ivey 9 Mar 7, 2010 7:54 PM
The ComposTumbler dave 43 Apr 18, 2009 5:06 AM
Are there any plants that discourage snakes? If not, any other ideas? Carol7 35 Aug 23, 2007 12:37 AM
Vine support pole Dinu 11 Jan 13, 2014 1:26 AM

Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America