Purple Heart (Tradescantia Pallida)
The Purple Heart is native to Mexico and is an easy-to-care-for, hardy plant. In summer, you can expect small, pink three-petaled flowers to bloom.
This plant can be propagated easily through stem cuttings, making it a great choice for new gardeners.
It's a trailing plant, which means it'll look great in hanging baskets or sitting on your shelves.
Water your plant when the top inch of soil is dry. Soak the soil completely, but make sure it's not left sitting in water – your plant won't like that and it could cause root rot!
Grow your plant in bright light year-round for good foliage colour.
Purple Hearts grow in lower light, but the leaves will be more green than purple. Give it some direct sun, but make sure you shade it from the hot, midday sun in summer to avoid scorching its leaves.
Humidity and temperature
Purple Hearts can survive in most temperatures, but it doesn't enjoy frost.
In the wild, they grow in tropical and subtropical locations, so they prefer high humidity.
Dry air can cause leaves to go limp – a humidifier can help if the air in your home gets dry. For a cheaper option, you can place your plant in your kitchen or bathroom.
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