Green, pink, and white stripes on large, lush leaves with cute little white and yellow flowers that grow from pink buds. Here’s how to care for your Tradescantia Nanouk, the new must-have indoor plant for the plant lover.
Tradescantia Nanouk, also known as Fantasy Venice, is the trending plant right now on Instagram because of its pretty bright green, pink & purple, fuzzy-ish leaves growing on chunky stems. It’s not like any other Tradescantia because it’s a new variety grown by cross-pollinating two selected seedlings of Tradescantia albiflora in the Netherlands in 2012. Tradescantia plants originated in Central America, Mexico, and South America, but Tradescantia Nanouk originated in Sappemeer, The Netherlands. While it’s the new “it” plant, it’s not a difficult plant. In fact, it’s one of the easiest houseplants to care for, which makes it a great choice for beginners!
Fun Fact: Tradescantia Nanouk is a patented plant developed in the Netherlands to create new hardy and vigorous Tradescantia plants with beautiful flower coloration and high-grade performance.
Tradescantia Nanouk is described as “rare” houseplants because they’re harder to find in some areas, but this is not entirely true since you can actually see them in plant shops. Our advice is to be careful when sellers describe Tradescantia Nanouk as “rare” because they use that tactic to drive up the price. A reasonable price for Tradescantia Nanouk would be around $15 to $30. It’s also best to check your local garden center and do your own research before purchasing it.
OK, the best way to grow your houseplant collection for free is to propagate cuttings. Pruning your Tradescantia Nanouk is a great way to keep it looking its best. If you’re a beginner, we recommend that you add cuttings back into the same container or planter to create a fuller container or planter. Another thing you should learn about Tradescantia Nanouk is it’s a fast grower! That means you will need to re-pot it multiple times during the growing season. One of the signs that you need to re-pot your Tradescantia Nanouk is if the roots are circling the bottom of the pot or growing out of the drainage holes.
Here’s everything you need to know on how to care for your Tradescantia Nanouk.
|Botanical Name||Tradescantia albiflora|
|Common Name||Fantasy Venice or Spiderwort ‘Nanouk’|
|Plant Size||Tradescantia Nanouk typically reaches a height and width of under 3 ½ inches.|
|Types of Tradescantia Nanouk||None|
|Sunlight||Tradescantia Nanouk does well in bright, indirect sunlight or full sun.|
|Water||Water your Tradescantia Nanouk once a week or when the top inch of the soil is dry. Be careful not to overwater them.|
|Humidity||Tradescantia Nanouk is less likely to be sensitive to humidity due to its thick leaves.|
|Temperature||Tradescantia Nanouk prefers temperatures up to 75°F during the day and above 55°F during the night.|
|Toxicity||It’s considered poisonous or toxic to kids, people, and pets. Keep pets away from the sap as it can cause dermatitis and stomach upset if ingested.|
|Food||Feed your Tradescantia Nanouk once or twice a month with houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.|
|Pests and Problems||Overwatering is the main problem of Tradescantia Nanouk as it can cause fungal infections and root rot.|
|Omysa Plant Care Tip||When potting your Tradescantia Nanouk, it’s important to use a standard well-draining houseplant soil mixed with coarse sand, orchid bark, or perlite. Also, use a container or planter with a hole in the bottom for drainage.|
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Tradescantia Nanouk Care Tips
Caring for your Tradescantia Nanouk is pretty easy that even a new plant parent can do it. Follow our guide on how to care for your Tradescantia Nanouk, from sunlight requirement to common problems and its solutions.
First, on our list on how to care for your Tradescantia Nanouk is to provide it with bright, indirect sunlight or full sun since this leads to greater flower production.
Common Problem: If the color of the leaves of your Tradescantia Nanouk is fading, this could mean that it’s getting too little sun.
Solution: Place your Tradescantia Nanouk near a sunny window or in a steamy bathroom. If your Tradescantia Nanouk isn’t getting enough light, it will become leggy. The leaves will also be a bit smaller with much more green and less variegation.
Next on our list on how to care for your Tradescantia Nanouk is to water it when the top inch of the soil is dry. Usually, once a week is enough. Plus, it depends on the type of light your plant is receiving. It’s important to keep the soil moist, but avoid overwatering it since it can lead to root rot.
Common Problem: If your Tradescantia Nanouk looks dull and unhealthy, it could be from too much water.
Solution: One of the most common mistakes of beginners or new plant parents is giving the plant too much water. Your Tradescantia Nanouk should only be watered once a week. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
Some houseplants can be sensitive to salts in tap water, so it’s best to use distilled water or a water filtration system. However, if this is not possible, leave the water in an open container overnight.
Humidity & Temperature
Adding to our list on how to care for your Tradescantia Nanouk is to put it in a room with a bit more humidity since it will grow best in a humid environment. In case you want to increase the humidity, we suggest that you mist it often, place it near a humidifier, or use a pebble tray.
Tradescantia Nanouk prefers room temperature, between 75°F during the day and around 55°F during the night.
Tradescantia Nanouk is considered poisonous or toxic to kids, people, and pets. Keep pets away from the sap as it can cause dermatitis and stomach upset if ingested.
Another on our list on how to care for your Tradescantia Nanouk is to feed it once or twice a month with houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. Avoid over-fertilization since it can lead to brown leaf tips. Make sure the soil is damp before applying fertilizer.
It’s important to follow the prescribed amount of fertilizer and schedule to avoid fertilizer burn or plant burn.
Pests & Other Problems
Overwatering is the main problem of Tradescantia Nanouk as it can cause fungal infections and root rot, which may also lead to trouble with fungus gnats. Always check if the soil is soggy. If it is, allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.
We also recommend trimming away any damaged or rotten leaves and stems. On the other side, if you allow your Tradescantia Nanouk to become too dry, it will attract spider mites. It’s best to increase humidity levels and to maintain a correct watering schedule.
If your Tradescantia Nanouk is infested with spider mites, give your plant a vigorous showering with fresh water. Then mist it with a 50-50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water. Repeat the misting several times to kill off all the spider mites and their eggs.
That’s a wrap on how to care for your Tradescantia Nanouk. If you’re looking for a new plant to add to your collection, consider getting a Tradescantia Nanouk. It’s a tough, pretty plant, which makes it a great decor for your home office or living room.
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