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Tradescantia, Blue & Gold

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This vigorous, easy to grow perennial sports vibrant golden foliage with gentian-blue flowers.

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Commonly known as a spiderwort, Tradescantia Blue & Gold is a good plant for novice gardeners because it's so easy to grow and the flowers and foliage are so attractive. It grows in many soil types, even wet, boggy sites, but it thrives in moist, well drained soil. Cut back after the first blooms in July and August, and it reblooms come fall!
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

4-9

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

15-18 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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  • Tradescantia: Potted Perennial Plant

    How to Plant

    Planting in the Garden:

    • Choose a location in full sun or part shade, with moist, well-drained soil. Plants tolerate wet locations.
    • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
    • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
    • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
    • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
    • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
    • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
    • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
    • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

    How to Grow

    • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
    • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
    • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
    • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
    • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
    • “Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development.
    • Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall.
    • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.

    Growing Tips

    • Many gardeners do not cut back perennial flower seed heads in the fall, but wait until early spring before the new foliage appears. This provides food for wildlife over the winter.
    • After the plants flower, cut them down to about 6 inches for more compact foliage and to encourage new blooms.
    • Divide plants every 3 to 4 years in spring to prevent overcrowding and to keep them spreading too quickly.
  • Zone
    4-9
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Height
    24 inches
    Spread
    15-18 inches
    Ornamental Use
    Beds, Borders, Container
    Planting Time
    Fall, Spring
    Genus
    Tradescantia
    Life Cycle
    Perennial