Purple Heart Plant

Tradescantia pallida

Photo: Purple Heart Plant

Origin: Mexico

Height: Trails to 2 ft (60 cm)

Light: Bright light. Some direct sun is fine, but keep your plant shaded from strong summer sun.

Water: Water thoroughly, then allow the top 1 in (2.5 cm) to dry out between waterings.

Humidity: Average room humidity.

Temperature: Average to warm room temperatures (65-80°F/18-27°C) suit this plant year-round. Purple heart tolerates varying temperatures with a minimum of 50°F/10°C in winter.

Soil: Peat moss-based potting mix.

Fertilizer: Feed monthly in spring and summer with a balanced (10-10-10) liquid fertilizer diluted by half.

Propagation: Take 4 in (10 cm) stem tip cuttings in spring or early summer. They'll root easily in moist potting mix.