What Is This Houseplant? (Tradescantia spathacea)

Category House Plants
Tradescantia spathacea is a house plant that requires bright sunlight and very little water. It is also known as boat lily, Moses-in-a-basket, Moses-in-the-cradle and oyster plant.
Advertisement

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

September 12, 2017

I got this at the store with no tag on it. It was too pretty to leave behind and I'm wondering what it is and how I should care for it.

Any suggestions are welcome!

Answers

September 12, 20170 found this helpful
Best Answer

Looks like a Moses in the Cradle. It requires very little care or maintenance and will thrive if planted in a suitably bright, sheltered location. However, it does benefit from regular feeding during the summer to encourage abundant foliage growth and a healthy, productive root system.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
September 13, 20170 found this helpful

You are right about these being pretty plants. It is known by several names but mainly oyster plant, Moses in the cradle/Moses-in-a-basket.

Advertisement

  • These can be grown outside in zones 9 - 11 but make great attention getting houseplants.
  • The biggest problem with growing these as houseplants seems to be over watering. Just be sure your plant is in a pot with excellent drainage and does not sit in a saucer.
  • These plants like high humidity. Place your plant on a tray of wet pebbles but be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water.
  • Moses in the Cradle houseplants need very bright light for at least 6-8 hours a day (not direct sun).
  • Always allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out before watering.

Here are a couple of links that will give you complete care instructions as they do sometimes have disease problems but ones that are easily corrected.

www.hunker.com/.../plant-care-for-moses-in-the-cradle

www.houseplant411.com/.../moses-in-the-cradle-plant-how-to...

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
September 18, 20170 found this helpful

I could also be, and I think it is, a cordyline, possibly cordyline fruticosa.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...
Advertisement

Categories
Home and Garden Gardening House PlantsJuly 29, 2018
Pages
More
😎
Summer Ideas!
😷
Coronavirus Tips
📓
Back to School Ideas!
🌻
Gardening
🐛
Pest Control
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Instagram
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2020-07-18 12:48:16 in 1 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2020 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
https://www.thriftyfun.com/What-Is-This-Houseplant-Moses-in-the-Cradle.html

Add to PageAsk a Question