Guide to Purple Heart Cuttings


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Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) cuttings

Here are some interesting facts about Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) cuttings:

  • Easy to propagate: Purple Heart cuttings are one of the easiest plants to propagate. Stem cuttings can be taken at any time of the year, and they will readily root in water or soil.
  • Drought-tolerant: Purple Heart plants are very drought-tolerant, which makes them a great choice for beginner gardeners or those who tend to forget to water their plants.
  • Low maintenance: Once established, Purple Heart plants are very low maintenance and require minimal care to thrive.
  • Edible plant: Purple Heart leaves are edible and can be used in salads or as a garnish.
  • Purifies the air: Like many other houseplants, Purple Heart plants are excellent air purifiers.
  • Versatile: Can be grown as a groundcover, in hanging baskets, or as a trailing plant.
  • Attractive foliage: The lance-shaped leaves of the Purple Heart plant are a deep shade of purple, which makes them an attractive addition to any indoor or outdoor space.
  • Long-lasting blooms: In the summer, Purple Heart plants produce small, pink flowers that bloom for several weeks.

Overall, Purple Heart cuttings are easy to care for and add a pop of color to any indoor or outdoor space.

Cuttings Care

Purple Heart, also known as Tradescantia pallida, is a popular houseplant with purple, lance-shaped leaves. Propagating Purple Heart cuttings is easy and can be done by stem cuttings.

Here are some tips on how to care for Purple Heart cuttings:

  1. Choose a healthy plant: When selecting cuttings, choose a healthy plant with no signs of pests or disease.
  2. Select cuttings: Take cuttings from the top of the plant, making sure that each cutting has at least one or two leaves. Cut just below a node or joint in the stem.
  3. Remove lower leaves: Remove the lower leaves from the stem, leaving only one or two leaves at the top.
  4. Prepare the cuttings: Dip the cut end of each stem into rooting hormone powder, and shake off any excess.
  5. Plant the cuttings: Plant the cuttings in a well-draining potting mix, making sure the stem is buried about an inch deep.
  6. Water the cuttings: Water the cuttings well, making sure the soil is evenly moist.
  7. Provide proper lighting: Purple Heart cuttings prefer bright, indirect light, so place the pot in a bright location, but not in direct sunlight.
  8. Monitor humidity: Keep the humidity high around the cuttings by covering the pot with a clear plastic bag or placing the pot in a plastic container with a lid until roots have formed.
  9. Care for the new plants: Once the cuttings have rooted and new growth has started, gradually acclimate them to lower humidity levels and normal growing conditions.
  10. Fertilize: After a month or so, start feeding your Purple Heart cuttings with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season.

With proper care, your Purple Heart cuttings will develop into healthy, full-grown plants.

Where to Purchase?

You can buy these cuttings at our Esty shop. Happy Planting!!

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns about your cuttings. We’ll be happy to help.