How to grow and care for Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk') Plant Indoors

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Tradescantia Nanouk, Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk'

Botanical name: Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk'
Family: Commelinaceae
Common names: Tradescantia Nanouk, Fantasy Venice Plant, Spiderwort 'Nanouk'

Tradescantia Nanouk Description

Tradescantia Nanouk also called Fantasy Venice Plant or Spiderwort 'Nanouk' is one of the houseplants that has been trending recently on the account of its bright green, pink & purple, fuzzy leaves growing on sturdy stems.

Tradescantia Nanouk is fast growing and is easy to grow. The plant grows to a height of about 3–6 inches and can trail to about 12–24 inches long.

Under the right conditions, Tradescantia Nanouk will produce small white and yellow flowers arising from the pink buds.

Tradescantia Nanouk Origin

Unlike other Tradescantia plants which originated in Central America, Mexico, and South America, Tradescantia Nanouk originated in Sappemeer, Netherlands in 2012.

Tradescantia Nanouk is a cross between two selected seedlings of Tradescantia albiflora. Tradescantia Nanouk is a patented plant which was developed to create a new hardy and vigorous Tradescantia plant.

Buy beautiful and healthy Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk') from Etsy.

Tradescantia Nanouk, Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk'

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Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk') Care Indoors

Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk') grows best under bright, indirect light and consistently moist soil. It prefers warm temperatures and has no need for high humidity.

The best soil for Tradescantia Nanouk is free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Continue reading for more on growing Tradescantia Nanouk.

Tradescantia Nanouk Light Requirements

Tradescantia Nanouk grows best in bright, indirect light. It can also grow under a grow light if you do not have adequate light in your home.

Keep Tradescantia Nanouk away from direct sunshine as it can lead to scorching of the leaves. Regularly turn the pot to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for uniform growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Tradescantia Nanouk

Water Tradescantia Nanouk thoroughly during the growing season and maintain the soil moist at all times.

Reduce watering during the cold season to keep the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.


Temperature for Tradescantia Nanouk

Average warmth with a minimum 130C is ideal for your Tradescantia Nanouk.

Protect the plant from draughts as they can cause leaf drop. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Tradescantia Nanouk

Tradescantia Nanouk has no need for high humidity. Moderate (average) air humidity is ideal for this Plant.

However, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier where the temperatures are too high to raise humidity. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Tradescantia Nanouk

Feed Tradescantia Nanouk with a balanced, liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.

Withhold feeding for your Tradescantia Nanouk 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 Tradescantia Nanouk

Repot Tradescantia Nanouk during the growing season only when the plant has become pot-bound.

Use a pot one size larger than the current one and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.

Soil for Tradescantia Nanouk

The best soil for Tradescantia Nanouk should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.

Most multi-purpose potting mixes are ideal for Tradescantia Nanouk. Buy quality Potting Mix for your Tradescantia Nanouk from Etsy.

How to Prune Tradescantia Nanouk

Pruning Tradescantia Nanouk involves regular removal of dead foliage to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

To control the growth of your Tradescantia Nanouk and encourage bushyness, pinch the growing tips. Cut back leggy stems of your Tradescantia Nanouk at the beginning of the growing season to rejuvenate growth.

Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk') Propagation

Tradescantia Nanouk propagation can be done during the growing period by plant divison or from stem-cuttings.

How to propagate Tradescantia Nanouk by plant division

Water your Tradescantia Nanouk thoroughly at least 1 day before to make it easier to divide and also hasten establishment. A well hydrated plant suffers less shock and takes a shorter time to take root.

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

Select a 6 or 8 in. pot and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Fill the pot with loose, free-draining soil and make a hole in the center of the pot. Ensure that the hole is slightly wider than the root base of the Tradescantia Nanouk section.

Place the Tradescantia Nanouk section in the previously made hole and lightly firm the soil around the base while taking care not to bury it too deep; maintain the section at the same soil level it was in the previous pot.

Water the soil thoroughly and place the set up in a well-lit, warm place until the new plant is well established after which you can begin routine care.

How to propagate Tradescantia Nanouk from stem cuttings

Tradescantia Nanouk stem cuttings root easily so there is no need for rooting hormone. Take a stem cutting from a healthy Tradescantia Nanouk of about 4-6 in. and ensure it bears at least two sets of leaves.

Allow some time for the formation of a protective callus tissue over the cuts of the Tradescantia Nanouk cuttings to prevent rotting.

Fill your rooting container with loose, free-draining soil 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 Tradescantia Nanouk cutting. Carefully insert the Tradescantia Nanouk cutting in the hole made previously to a depth of about 3 in.

Place the set up in a warm, well-lit place and maintain the soil moist through out until new growth emerges.

Allow the new Tradescantia Nanouk to be well established before transplanting to individual pots after which you can begin routine care.

Tradescantia Nanouk, Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk'

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Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk') Problems Indoors

Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk') problems indoors are caused by cultural faults like improper watering, improper feeding, humidity issues and inadequate light. Read on for remedies and solutions to these problems.

Tradescantia Nanouk loss of leaf color

Loss of leaf color in Tradescantia Nanouk is caused by inadequate light (too little light).

Move Tradescantia Nanouk to a brighter spot, as it grows best in bright, indirect light but away from direct sunshine or instal a grow light if you do not have adequate light in your home. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Tradescantia Nanouk leggy growth (elongated stems)

There are three possible causes of leggy growth in Tradescantia Nanouk. One possible cause of leggy growth in your Tradescantia Nanouk is too little light.

Move your Tradescantia Nanouk to a brighter spot as it needs bright, indirect light to thrive or instal a grow light if you do not have adequate light in your home.

The second cause of leggy growth in your Tradescantia Nanouk is underwatering resulting too little moisture in the soil and thus the plant does not get enough water and nutrients necessary for growth.

Water Tradescantia Nanouk liberally and maintain the soil moist at all times during the growing season. Reduce watering in the cold season but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

The third cause of leggy growth in your Tradescantia Nanouk is inadequate feeding (underfeeding). Feed your Tradescantia Nanouk once a month with a balanced, liquid fertilizer to promote healthy growth.

Tradescantia Nanouk brown, shrivelled leaf tips

Brown, shrivelled leaf tips in Tradescantia Nanouk is due to too dry air especially where the temperatures are too high.

set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to raise humidity for your Tradescantia Nanouk. Check out techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Tradescantia Nanouk limp stems, yellow leaves

Limp stems and yellow leaves in Tradescantia Nanouk are due to underwatering (too little moisture in the soil).

Water Tradescantia Nanouk liberally and maintain the soil moist at all times during the growing season. Reduce watering in the cold season but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Tradescantia Nanouk dying

Tradescantia Nanouk dying is caused by root-rot disease which is brought about by soggy soil.

Ensure that the soil is free-draining and that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy. Also, reduce watering during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time and thus the plant does not require a lot of water.

Tradescantia Nanouk brown leaf spots

Brown leaf spots in Tradescantia Nanouk are sunscorch marks caused by exposure of the plant to hot direct sunshine. Move the plant to a shadier spot or protect it from direct sunshine by installing a light curtain to filter the sun rays.

Tradescantia Nanouk diseases

Common diseases in Tradescantia Nanouk are root-rot disease and leaf spot. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat the plant appropriately for the disease.

Tradescantia Nanouk pests

Common pests in Tradescantia Nanouk 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 Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk') toxic?

Tradescantia Nanouk (Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk') is mildly toxic to humans and pets.

If Tradescantia Nanouk is ingested the plant sap can cause burning in the mouth, tongue and throat. The sap may also cause skin irritation in sensitive skin; always wear gloves when handling Tradescantia Nanouk.

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