How to grow and care for Baby Bunny Bellies Plant (Tradescantia chrysophylla) Indoors

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Houseplant, Baby Bunny Bellies

Botanical name: Tradescantia chrysophylla
Family: Commelinaceae

Baby Bunny Bellies Plant is a climbing or trailing plant which bears fuzzy foliage which feels like the under belly of a baby bunny.

The velvety green leaves of Baby Bunny Bellies Plant have soft purply undersides.

Baby Bunny Bellies is easy to grow indoors under sufficient light and is perfect for a hanging basket.

The Baby Bunny Bellies Plant grows to a height of 6-8 inches and can trail upto 60cm wide.

How to Grow Tradescantia chrysophylla (Baby Bunny Bellies) Plant

Light for Baby Bunny Bellies Plant

Baby Bunny Bellies Plant prefers bright, indirect light. Keep your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant away from direct sunshine as it can lead to scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Baby Bunny Bellies Plant

Water your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant thoroughly during the growing season and maintain the soil moist at all times.

Reduce watering your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant during the cold weather to keep the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal.

Avoid soggy soil for your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant as it can lead in root-rot. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Baby Bunny Bellies Plant

Average warmth with a minimum 130C is ideal for your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant. Protect your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant from cold draughts.

Humidity for Baby Bunny Bellies Plant

Baby Bunny Bellies Plant has no need for high humidity. However, mist the leaves of your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant or set the pot on a wet pebble tray where the temperatures are too high to raise humudity. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Baby Bunny Bellies Plant

Feed your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.

Withhold feeding for your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant during the cold season as the growth is minimal and feeding at this time may lead to fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Baby Bunny Bellies Plant

Repot your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant during the growing season only when the plant has become pot-bound.

Use a rich, free-draining soil and a pot one size larger for your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.

How to Prune Baby Bunny Bellies Plant

Pruning your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant involves regular removal of dead foliage to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

To control the growth of your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant and encourage bushyness, pinch the growing tips.

Cut back leggy stems of your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant at the beginning of the growing season to rejuvenate growth.

How to Propagate Tradescantia chrysophylla (Baby Bunny Bellies) Plant

Baby Bunny Bellies Plant can be propagated during the growing period by plants divison or from stem-cuttings.

How to propagate Baby Bunny Bellies Plant by plant division

Take out your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant from its pot and carefully divide it into sections. Ensure each sections has adequate roots and at least one set of leaves.

Pot the Baby Bunny Bellies Plant sections in individual pots in free-draining soil.

Place the set up in a cool shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges.

Allow the new Baby Bunny Bellies Plants to be well established before transplanting.

How to propagate Baby Bunny Bellies Plant from stem cuttings

Baby Bunny Bellies Plant stem cuttings root easily so there is no need for rooting hormone.

Take a stem cutting from a healthy Baby Bunny Bellies Plant of about 4-6 in. and ensure it bears at least two sets of leaves.

Fill your rooting container with free-draining rooting mix to a depth of about 4 in. Lightly moisten the soil.

With a pencil or similar object make a hole that is wider than the diameter of the Baby Bunny Bellies Plant cutting.

Carefully insert your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant cutting in the hole made previously to a depth of about 3 in.

Place the set up in a cool shaded place and maintain the soil moist through out until new growth emerges.

Allow the new Baby Bunny Bellies Plant to be well established before transplanting to individual pots.

Common Problems in Growing Tradescantia chrysophylla (Baby Bunny Bellies) Plant Indoors

  • Why is my Baby Bunny Bellies Plant losing leaf color (variegation)?
  • Inadequate light is the cause of loss of leaf color or variegation in your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant.

    Move Baby Bunny Bellies Plant to a brighter spot, as it prefers bright indirect light. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

  • Why is my Baby Bunny Bellies Plant dropping its leaves?
  • Your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant will readily drop its leaves if the light is inadequate. Ensure to place your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant in a brightly lit place while protecting it from direct hot sunshine to avoid scorching of the leaves.

  • Why is my Baby Bunny Bellies Plant growing elongated weak stems (spindly growth)?
  • There are three causes of weak spindly growth in your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant.

    One cause of elongated weak stems (spindly growth) in your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant is too little light. Move your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant to a brighter spot as it need bright, indirect light.

    The second cause of elongated weak stems (spindly growth) in your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant is underwatering. Maintain the soil moist at all times for your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant and never allow the soil to dry out completely.

    The third cause of elongated weak stems (spindly growth) in your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant is inadequate feeding. Feed your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant once a month with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer.

  • Why are the stems of my Baby Bunny Bellies Plant limp while the leaves are yellow and spotted?
  • Underwatering is the cause of limp stems and yellow and spotted leaves in your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant.

    Maintain the soil moist at all times for your Baby Bunny Bellies Plant and never allow the soil to dry out completely.

  • Which plant diseases attack Baby Bunny Bellies Plant?
  • The most common plant diseases in Baby Bunny Bellies Plant are Root-rot and Leaf Spot.

  • Which plant pests attack Baby Bunny Bellies Plant?
  • Common palnt pests in Baby Bunny Bellies Plant are Mealy Bugs, Aphids and Scale Insects. Isolate the affected plant and treat appropriately. Mist the leaves regularly to reduce infestation by these pests.

Is Baby Bunny Bellies Plant toxic?

Tradescantia chrysophylla (Baby Bunny Bellies) Plant is mildly toxic to humans and pets.

If Baby Bunny Bellies Plant is ingested the plant sap causes burning in the mouth, tongue and throat. The sap may also cause skin irritation in sensitive skin; always wear gloves when handling.

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