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

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Houseplant, Tradescantia Nanouk

Botanical name: Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk'
Family: Commelinaceae

Tradescantia Nanouk also called Fantasy Venice Plant or Spiderwort 'Nanouk' is one of the houseplants that has been trending recently.

This is on the account of Tradescantia Nanouk's bright green, pink & purple, fuzzy leaves growing on sturdy stems.

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.

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.

How to Grow Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk' Plant

Light for Tradescantia Nanouk

Tradescantia Nanouk prefers bright, indirect light. Keep Tradescantia Nanouk 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 Tradescantia Nanouk

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

Reduce watering your Tradescantia Nanouk during the cold weather to keep the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal.

Avoid soggy soil for your Tradescantia Nanouk as it can lead in root-rot. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Tradescantia Nanouk

Average warmth with a minimum 130C is ideal for your Tradescantia Nanouk. Protect your Tradescantia Nanouk from cold draughts.

Humidity for Tradescantia Nanouk

Tradescantia Nanouk has no need for high humidity. However, mist the leaves of your Tradescantia Nanouk 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 Tradescantia Nanouk

Feed your Tradescantia Nanouk with a balanced, water-soluble 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 your Tradescantia Nanouk 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 Tradescantia Nanouk. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.

How to Prune Tradescantia Nanouk

Pruning your 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.

How to Propagate Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk' Plant

Tradescantia Nanouk can be propagated during the growing period by plants divison or from stem-cuttings.

How to propagateTradescantia Nanouk by plant division

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.

Pot the Tradescantia Nanouk 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 Tradescantia Nanouk to be well established before transplanting.

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.

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 Tradescantia Nanouk cutting.

Carefully insert your Tradescantia Nanouk 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 Tradescantia Nanouk to be well established before transplanting to individual pots.

Common Problems in Growing Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk' Plant Indoors

  • Why is my Tradescantia Nanouk losing leaf color (variegation)?
  • Inadequate light is the cause of loss of leaf color or variegation in your Tradescantia Nanouk.

    Move Tradescantia Nanouk to a brighter spot, as it prefers bright indirect light. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

  • Why is my Tradescantia Nanouk growing elongated weak stems (spindly growth)?
  • There are three causes of weak spindly growth in your Tradescantia Nanouk.

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

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

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

  • Why does my Tradescantia Nanouk have brown and shrivelled leaf tips?
  • The cause of brown and shrivelled leaf tips in your Tradescantia Nanouk is too dry air especially where the temperatures are too high.

    Mist the leaves of your Tradescantia Nanouk more regularly or set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity. Check out techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

  • Why does my Tradescantia Nanouk have limp stems, yellow and spotted leaves?
  • Underwatering is the cause of limp stems, yellow and spotted leaves in your Tradescantia Nanouk.

    Water your Tradescantia Nanouk liberally during the growing season and maintain the soil moist through out.

  • Which plant diseases attack Tradescantia Nanouk?
  • The most common plant diseases in Tradescantia Nanouk are Root-rot and Leaf Spot.

  • Which plant pests attack Tradescantia Nanouk?
  • Common plants 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 toxic?

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

If Tradescantia Nanouk 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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