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Moses-in-the-cradle (Tradescantia spathacea or Rhoeo)

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1 Moses-in-the-cradle- Plant
2 Round Plastic Pot (Black)
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Description

Tradescantia spathacea, the Moses-in-the-cradle, is a herb in the Commelinaceae family first described in 1788. It is native to Belize, Guatemala, and southern Mexico but widely cultivated as an ornamental and naturalized in parts of Florida, Texas, Hawaii, and various oceanic islands.

Plant Specifications

Common Name Moses-in-the-cradle
Maximum Reachable Height 30-50 cm
Flower Color white
Bloom Time any time of year
Difficulty Level medium

Planting And Care

It can handle direct sunlight for a few hours each day. It will not tolerate lower light well but can adapt to medium light. Your Rhoeo Oyster likes to dry out completely between watering. When you water, water thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage hole, then remove any excess water.

Light Requirement

  • Your Rhoeo Oyster will do great in bright indirect light to bright light.
  • It can handle direct sunlight for a few hours each day.
  • It will not tolerate lower light well but can adapt to medium light.

Soil

  • The Moses-in-the-cradle plant grows best in light soil with good drainage.
  • The aerated potting mix should contain some peat moss or organic matter to retain some moisture.
  • However, the potting medium shouldn’t stay soggy, or your plant will suffer root rot and eventually die

Watering

  • Keep soil evenly moist spring through fall. In winter, allow the potting medium to dry out slightly between watering.
  • Humidity: Moderate room (around 40% relative humidity).
  • Brown leaf tips indicate that the air is too dry.

Application of Fertilizer

  • The Moses-in-the-cradle plant is a relatively fast-growing plant with modest fertilizer needs.
  • You only need to feed the plant monthly during the growing season—spring and summer.
  • The best type of fertilizer to use is a balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Re-potting

Place the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to keep the air moist around it. Repot in spring when the plant becomes crowded, probably every couple years. Move up to a pot only 1 size larger to give it a little room to grow. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent soggy soil, which leads to root rot.

Uses

The name “Moses in the Cradle” comes from the fact that it’s beautiful white flowers grow out of the inside of the pouch like leaves and it looks like a cradle. The health benefits of this tea are reported as antioxidant & anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-diarrhea, decongestant, and expectorant.

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