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Tradescantia fluminensis 'Trailing Gold' Green Wandering Jew-el Fast Growing Ground Cover All USA

Tradescantia fluminensis 'Trailing Gold' Green Wandering Jew-el Fast Growing Ground Cover All USA

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Tradescantia fluminensis 'Trailing Gold' is a captivating and popular cultivar of the wandering Jew plant, scientifically known as Tradescantia fluminensis. This cultivar is cherished for its striking and vibrant foliage, which sets it apart from its more common green-leaved counterparts. 'Trailing Gold' is a visually appealing houseplant that belongs to the Commelinaceae family and is native to South America.

As the name suggests, 'Trailing Gold' is known for its trailing growth habit, making it an excellent choice for hanging baskets, elevated planters, or as a cascading accent in containers. The plant produces long, slender stems that gracefully drape over the sides of the container, creating an attractive and eye-catching display.

The most striking feature of Tradescantia fluminensis 'Trailing Gold' is its foliage. The leaves are small and elongated, with a striking coloration that combines shades of green, yellow, and cream. The upper surface of the leaves displays a vibrant golden-yellow hue, while the underside has a lovely shade of light green. This variegation gives the plant a captivating appearance, making it a favorite among indoor plant enthusiasts and collectors.

Like its close relatives, Tradescantia fluminensis 'Trailing Gold' is a relatively low-maintenance plant, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced plant enthusiasts. It thrives in bright, indirect light, making it an ideal candidate for spots near windows with filtered sunlight. While it can tolerate some shade, providing it with ample light will help enhance the intensity of its golden hues.

As for its watering needs, it is essential to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Avoid letting the plant sit in standing water, as this can lead to root rot. Regularly check the soil's moisture level, and water when the top inch feels dry to the touch. During the growing season (spring and summer), it is likely to require more frequent watering, while in the cooler months (fall and winter), you can reduce the frequency.

One of the best features of Tradescantia fluminensis 'Trailing Gold' is its ability to quickly fill in and create lush, cascading foliage. However, its rapid growth may also mean that occasional pruning is necessary to maintain its desired shape and prevent it from becoming too leggy. Pruning can be done by simply trimming back the overgrown stems, and the cuttings can even be propagated to create more plants.

Propagation of Tradescantia fluminensis 'Trailing Gold' can be easily achieved through stem cuttings. Simply snip a healthy stem just below a node (the point where the leaf attaches to the stem) and place it in water or moist soil. Roots should develop within a few weeks, and once they are well-established, the new plant can be potted up.

While Tradescantia fluminensis 'Trailing Gold' is relatively hardy, it can be susceptible to pests like spider mites and aphids. Regularly inspect the plant for any signs of infestation and take appropriate measures if necessary.

In conclusion, Tradescantia fluminensis 'Trailing Gold' is an alluring and easy-to-grow houseplant that brings a touch of brightness and beauty to any indoor space. With its cascading golden foliage and straightforward care requirements, this cultivar has earned its place as a beloved choice among plant enthusiasts and will continue to thrive as an enchanting addition to indoor gardens for years to come.

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