Tahitian Bridal Veil Plant Care (Tradescantia Multiflora) At A Glance
Not all Tradescantias are the same and require the same care. Tahitian bridal veil or Tradescantia multiflora is different than other Tradescantias, so here I will explain to you how to take care of this variant.
|Time of flowering||Normally summer, also spring and autumn.|
|Plant classes||herbaceous, suitable for indoors.|
|Plant height||11 to 20 in, about 30 to 50 cm|
|Color of leaves||Green|
|Existence of smell||Without smell, not fragrant|
|The shape of the leaves||Oval|
|Toxicity||Non-poisonous plant / non-toxic plant|
|Necessary lighting||Bright diffused indirect light|
|Cultivation Difficulty||Not difficult, as in general with Tradescantias|
|Indoor recommended layout||West window, east window, south window|
|Humidity of air||Damp|
|Frequency of irrigation||Often, see below watering recommendations|
You can buy Tahitian Bridal Veil, Gibasis in online stores (seeds, seedlings).
Tradescantia multiflora or Tahitian bridal veil plant is a genus of herbaceous and perennial plants of the Commelinaceae family composed of some 30 species native to the American continent. Some species are Tradescantia multiflora (known as Tahitian Bridal Veil plant), Tradescantia zebrina, Tradescantia fluminensis, Tradescantia pallida, Tradescantia albiflora, Tradescantia spathacea (Rhoeo discolor), Tradescantia sillamontana, Tradescantia spiderwort, and Tradescantia brevicaulis.
This article is related to the Tradescantia multiflora or Tahitian bridal veil only. This species comes from the tropical zones of Mexico, Brazil, and a small portion in Argentina, large as the state of Pennsylvania, that is the only part with tropical climate in that country.
They are herbaceous plants of straight, climber or pendant and thin dark stems. They have small oval leaves ending in tip and bright green in the beam and purple on the underside. Tahitian bridal veil plant or more correctly Tradescantia multiflora produce small flowers of white color. They bloom during the summer.
They are used mainly as indoor plants in hanging pots but in tropical climates can be used as cover or climbers.
Exposure to Sunlight
Tahitian bridal veil plant needs a good lighting but without direct sun as well as good ventilation without sudden changes in temperature. In winter it is not advisable that the thermometer falls below 50°F or 10 °C.
The excess of sun causes that the tips of the leaves of the Tradescantia multiflora acquires a brown tonality, reason why it will be convenient to separate them from exposure to direct sunlight. If you are near a window, the magnifying effect will increase the heat value of the sun, so it will be advisable to filter your rays with a curtain.
If they are already sick, the solution lies in changing the affected tradescantias of location and removing the brown leaves so that they do not affect their appearance.
The ideal soil for the tahitian bridal veil plant would be a mixture of leaf mulch, garden soil and siliceous sand.
Transplant And Repotting
They should be usually transplanted each year at the beginning of spring to a container of a larger size in order to accomodate the roots.
Water frequently so that the substrate is always wet but not waterlogged in spring and summer. Starting in the fall, start to reduce the risks waiting for the surface of the substrate to dry. If the summer is very hot (for example in the South or in the Mediterranean climate for our European readers) it is advisable to spray the tahitian bridal veil plant every two or three days with water without lime.
If the leaves of your flowers are completely brown, the plant will require more water. For this reason it is advisable to water more frequently and increase the humidity by placing the pot on a plate with pebbles and spraying it from time to time.
Fertilization And Nutrients
Fertilize the Tradescantia multiflora (tahitian bridal veil plant as it is mostly called) utilizing mineral fertilizer in spring and summer, every 2 weeks.
It can happen that the leaves are completely green due to an excess of fertilizer, To solve it, it will be advisable to stop fertilizing and take it to a more lighted place.
Prune the Tradescantia multiflora slightly in late winter to give them a more compact appearance. This is the approach we have recommended also in the past for pruning all Tradescantias.
Tradescantia Multiflora Diseases
As we explained already for the orchids in this article, the environmental conditions are always a key factor to avoid diseases. Same principle applies for the tahitian bridal veil plant. If the environment is dry and very hot they can be attacked by aphids, red spider and woodlice.
For example, if its leaves become deformed and have a sticky appearance, it may be attacked by the green aphid, a pest that can be easily eliminated by resorting to a systemic insecticide.
If the base of the stems does not present leaves, it may be due to the old age of the specimen or to insufficient fertilizer, lighting or irrigation. If it is a young specimen it will be convenient to rectify the care. If, on the contrary, it is an old one, the best option is to cut it and throw away the mother plant.
The stems of Tradescantia multiflora ( tahitian bridal veil plant ) can also become a focus of problems. However these problems may not refer to the appearance of diseases. If they are very elongated and their leaves are very separated, it can be due to multiple factors, among which are inadequate nutrition, a very dry substrate or insufficient lighting. If the specimen does not have irrigation problems, it can be moved to a lighter area and fertilized if it is in a period of growth or flowering.
Propagation Of The Tahitian Bridal Veil Plant
Its multiplication is very simple. Can be performed by cuttings that are later rooted in water or in a moist substrate.