Houseplant of the Week: Four-Color Silver Plant | indoor plants

Why will I like it?
It is a fast growing trailing plant in millennial pink. Its cultivar name, Tradescantia fluminensis quadricolor, means “four colors”, for its beautiful variegated leaves, striped with green, silver, pale pink and red. Not only can it grow up to an inch a day, you only need an inch of it to grow a new plant (hence its common name). So there you have it, some sorted birthday gifts.

Light or shadow?
Bright indirect light.

Where should I put it?
A shelf adjacent to a sunny window in your kitchen or bathroom, so you can appreciate its lovely trailing stems.

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How can I keep him alive?
It has succulent leaves, so you don’t have to worry about humidity. However, it will be worth misting the plant if you notice the leaves shrivel or the tips start to turn brown. Water little and often and don’t let the compost dry out completely. It prefers warm temperatures, with a minimum of 12C.

Did you know …
Fruits sometimes form, with gray-brown seeds used in parts of Mexico to make a cold herbal tea named matali. The plant is mildly toxic if ingested and may irritate the skin.

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