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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Purple Colored Leaf Plant Tradescantia Fluminensis/Purple Heart

Purple Flower close up
Beautiful purple colored leaves, such a nice combination within the garden greens.
growing purple heart in ceramic mug
 Purple heart as it is commonly known as is a very tough and sturdy plant. This plant can survive any odd climates and temperatures and also go without much care. Sometimes the leaves that have dropped and just get some water also survive for loan and can be planted anywhere else.
Small liliac Flowers on Purple Plant
This purple heart grows as stems of purple colored leaves. The leaves are hairy and have tiny hair covering the leaf giving it an velvety appearance. Each stem produces tiny lilac or light purple flowers. The flowers are very delicate looking but tough and can withstand strong winds and heavy rains.
The plant does not require a bigger pot and grows well in hanging baskets. Also one of the toughest plants as it is not infected by any insects or creatures, and grows happily without any care. A great bliss to have a plant not attacked by mites or mealy bugs! Only infection it may get is by over watering the stem may get white fungus which will kill the plant.
Purple Leaf Plant

An easy growing plant it is a very good addition to any garden or window sill as it has an very attractive purple colour.  The leaves are modified and sometimes go green if the plant does not get enough sunlight. If the purple heart plant is over watered the stem may become mushy and rot just like any other plant. The stem of this plant is thick and stores water and for this reason it can go without daily watering and survive for loan even during hot summers.
It looks almost heavenly with a silvery streak and purple colored leaves.
Tip for growing the purple heart- This is a very easy growing plant and once you have planted it it will go on for years and years and even transplanting is very easy thorough cuttings. In fact even a small cutting can grow into a new plant within days!
Cuttings can be stuck in new pots and plant it deep to give it a strong support and firm grip in the soil. The new plant will start soon.
An important tip for growing purple heart is to avoid direct sunlight as the leaves burn. Also avoid over watering because the plant may grow limp and break and fall off from the pot.In case of fungus attack be careful to avoid contact of fungus with your bare hands as this is harmful and gives rash or itchy skin. You must carefully remove the whole plant from the pot, cut the infected parts and take clean top stems of the plant. Now begin with planting in a pot with fresh soil and replace the old mushy soil if possible. You may find many small pieces of the plant lying around the pot which due to over weight or over watering have fallen to the ground. Each cutting can form a new plant and it grows profusely and covers the whole pot. A very simple and attractive plant this can be given as gift and the owner will be overjoyed with the plant with a rare colour and spiritual appeal.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks Big Jon for coming by Garden Care Simplified .
    Take Care and All the Best!

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  2. The plant is called Tradescantia pallida

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    1. Yes it is Unknown! Tradescantia pallida! Came to kniw now! The post was written years back! In year 2011. Thanks for the info

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