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Rhoeo Tradescantia spathacea variegata 'Tricolor'

Rhoeo Tradescantia spathacea variegata 'Tricolor'



Tradescantia spathacea variegata

USDA Zones 9b-12


Native to Mexico & Central America. This tropical, evergreen, clumping perennial has striking variegated foliage with pink, green, & white striped patterns. When given enough light, it blooms white flowers sporadically. 


While it can adapt to sunny areas, you’ll want to plant your Variegated Oyster Plant in bright shade.


This highly sought after house plant works well in containers indoors, as well as on patios. In warmer climates it can be planted outdoors as an ideal ground cover, border plant, or hanging basket.


When grown outdoors Rhoeo prefers full or partial sun in a noise, well drained location. Provide afternoon shade or dappled shade in very hot climates. The plants have a spread of 12-16”; if in the ground space them at least 16” apart. 


Indoors, provide bright filtered light & keep plant out of drafts. Add extra humidity to dry indoor air by misting daily, grouping houseplants, placing the flowerpot on top of a tray filled with pebbles & water, or by using a cool steam vaporizer. Feed with a balanced fertilizer monthly from the spring through fall. 

Repot every other spring or when plant is crowded in its flowerpot. Use a peat-based potting mix, well moistened, to fill in around the plant in the new container.

When repotting into a larger flowerpot, use only one size larger. Remove & discard any broken, decayed, or dead leaves. After repotting, water thoroughly. 


Rhoeo is hardy to humidity & sensitive to frost. 



This striking plant prefers a well drained soil & pot. Make sure your container has a drainage hole!



While you can grow new plants from seed, its easier to use stem cuttings or divisions. Use a knife or scissors to cut the stem. Dip the cut end in a rooting compound & insert it into moist compost or sand in a paper cup or small flowerpot. Pat the mixture around the base of the cutting; then water thoroughly. Place in a brightly lit, warm location until new growth appears. Transplant into flowerpot or outdoors.

When repotting or dividing the plants, simply remove the “babies” or platelets around the perimeter of the parent plant. Each plantlet should have its own roots. Transplant into a small flowerpot or garden. Water regularly until the new plant is established.



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