Are you looking for some indoor plants to decorate your home? If yes, take a look at this beautiful plant known as Tradescantia Nanouk! Most commonly known as Fantasy Venice and Tradescantia albiflora ‘Nanouk’ (al-BIH-flor-uh), this is a popular plant species these days.
The reason behind its popularity is its bright green, purple/pink, fuzzy-ish leaves. Due to its stunning appearance, people love to add this plant to their homes. Though it was difficult to find before, it is now widely available!
Want to know more about this plant? If yes, keep reading on!
Today in this blog, we’re going to tell you everything about the Tradescantia Nanouk plant. From tradescantia nanouk care, growing conditions to when to cut this plant and what’s the correct way to repot it, we’ve covered everything. So don’t skip anything and keep reading till the end!
What is Tradescantia Nanouk?
Tradescantia Nanouk, also known as Fantasy Venice, Spiderwort ‘Nanouk’, and wandering jew ‘Nanouk’ is originally from the United States, including Mexico, South America, and Central America.
People also claim that this plant truly originated in Sappemeer, The Netherlands. Developed by cross-pollinating two selected seedlings of Tradescantia albiflora, Nanouk Tradescantia is a new cultivar among the Tradescantia family. It was developed through a planned breeding program in 2012. The program was more focused on creating a more compact type of Tradescantia with beautiful flowers.
Do you know that Tradescantia Nanouk is a patented plant? Yes, It is a patented plant with the United States Patent number, PP29711.
Here’s a brief table about all things related to the peacock plant:
|Botanical Name: Tradescantia albiflora ‘Nanouk’|
|Common Name: Tradescantia Nanouk, Fantasy Venice & Spiderwort ‘Nanouk’|
|Plant Type: Perennial, trailing vine|
|Native Area: Eastern Brazil|
|Mature Size: 3–6 inches high, 12–24 inches long (trailing)|
|Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light|
|Soil Type: Well-draining potting mix, optional vermiculite or peat moss|
|Soil pH: 5.0–6.5|
|Bloom Time: Anytime, but flowers are small|
|Flower Color: White|
|Hardiness Zones: 10 – 11, USA|
|Toxicity: Toxic to cats and dogs|
How to Grow a Tradescantia Nanouk?
Are you fascinated by the stunning appearance of this plant? If yes, you surely want to know more about Fantasy Venice care and its growing conditions. Because of its gorgeous appearance, many people think that it’s hard to grow, but that’s not true at all! Yes, this indoor plant is easy to grow and take care of!
There are also plenty of Tradescantia varieties you can find nowadays. Here are some of the commonly used Fantasy Venice plants:
- Tradescantia fluminensis
- Tradescantia zebrina
- Tradescantia pallida (Purple Heart)
- Tradescantia blossfeldiana (Inch plant)
- Tradescantia spathacea (Moses-in-a-basket)
- Tradescantia virginiana (spider lily)
- Tradescantia longipes (spiderwort)
- Tradescantia Sillamontana
So what are the right conditions to grow Tradescantia Nanouk? Do they need any special treatment? Keep scrolling to know!
How to Care for your Tradescantia Nanouk
To grow your Fantasy Venice plant healthy, you should follow some guidelines. Here’s how you can do nanouk plant care. Just keep in mind these right conditions for the Pink Tradescantia Nanouk and grow beautiful spiderwort indoors:
First, let’s know the right light conditions for this plant. Tradescantia ‘Nanouk’ plants do well in bright but indirect sunlight. On average, they’ll need about six to ten hours of daylight to grow completely healthy. So what happens if they don’t get proper sunlight? You’ll notice that the color of the leaves starts to change, and instead of pink and green variegations, the leaves will appear primarily green.
So, make sure to provide them indirect natural light as this will also help them to produce great flowers. You can put your little plant a few feet away from a south-facing or east-facing window or anywhere between a bright room. However, keep in mind that direct sunlight can harm their foliage, and they’ll start to fade/discolor. You can also use sheer curtains over your window to avoid direct sunlight.
Like other Tradescantia Albiflora Nanouk species, this plant will also need a well-draining and well-aerated soil mix with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. You can use any high-quality potting soil mix or container mix if you have a potted plant. Also, apart from this, if you want to improve the quality of the soil, you can add organic matter such as compost, mulch, or peat moss.
To make the potting mix, first combine two parts peat moss, one part perlite, and lastly, add one part compost. This is a wonderful potting mix as it will provide proper aeration and drainage while also holding nutrients and water. Tradescantia Nanouk needs proper drainage, so make sure that the pot you’re using has a drainage hole. If you feel that soil is a bit heavy, you can add perlite or coarse sand.
If you’re planning to keep your plant outdoors, all the above conditions are applicable. To grow your plant healthy, use soil that:
- Supplies nourishment,
- Holds the right amount of moisture, and
- Allows excess moisture to drain away
Water is one of the important factors that determine the good growth of the plant. However, many people misunderstand this concept and tend to water excessively.
The thing with most houseplants is that overwatering is far more problematic than underwatering!
That’s why it’s important to allow the soil to become dry first, and then you can water thoroughly. So, how much does Tradescantia Nanouk need watering?
This plant needs to get watered only once a week in the spring through fall and once every two weeks during the winter. Apart from this, there is no requirement to water them and never keep your plant standing in water as it can severely harm it. Keep the soil moist, not soaking wet, and both tap water and rainwater are fine with this plant.
Multiple factors are also affecting the watering routine. For example, as compared to plants growing in humid areas, the plants growing in dry areas will need to be watered more frequently.
Now let’s move on to the temperature conditions of the Nanouk Tradescantia. The ideal temperature for this plant is between 55° and 75° degrees Fahrenheit. These plants love warm temperature conditions, so keep them away from the vents as cold drafts can harm your plant.
You’ll be happy to know that Tradescantias are very tolerant of regular indoor humidity levels. This also depends on the varieties of Tradescantia; as Nanouk has thicker leaves, it is not as sensitive as other species to low humidity.
However, during dry winter months, you’ve to provide extra humidity. You can either spritz the air around your plant a few times a week or purchase a humidifier if possible.
Fertilizing or Feeding
Most Tradescantia need fertilizers, but this cultivar does not really need fertilizer to grow successfully. Regular fertilization of about every two to four weeks is more than enough during the spring and summer seasons. You can add a top dressing of vermicompost to your plant. And from April to September, once a month will be good.
If you want to use a fertilizer, always use a balanced houseplant half-strength solution of a good quality liquid houseplant fertilizer. Keep in mind that overfeeding can lead to brown leaf tips.
Grooming & Maintenance
According to plant experts, this plant was bred originally to be compact, but it also has sprawling and wandering habits (probably taken from its cousins). If you want bushier growth, just keep your plant pinched back.
If your plant looks thin at the top and starts to sprawl, it’s time to trim off some of its branches. You can trim off all the leggy cuttings and also poke them into the soil in the pot. This way, you’ll be able to get some more plants as these cuttings will quickly take root and fill out your plant.
When Should You Repot a Fantasy Venice?
So when should you change the pot of the Tradescantia Nanouk plant?
If your plant’s roots are coming out of the drainage hole of the pot, or they’re coiling around the outside of the soil, it’s high time to change its pot to a larger size. Is there any specific timing to change the pot, or can you do it any time of the year? The answer is there is actually a period of time in which the repotting is considered best.
It’s the growing season! So, if you want to repot your Tradescantia, the optimal time is spring and summer. Never do this during their dormancy period, i.e. winter months. As this entire period, these plants are asleep, and the repotting process can give a shock to the roots. There are high chances that they may not recover from the shocking transfer, which can sometimes harm them badly.
As these plants grow pretty fast, they need to be repotted pretty frequently compared to other indoor plants. When Tradescantia Nanouk is in the growing stage, sometimes you have to repot one to two times a year. Once they grow older and mature, they need to repot only once every few years.
Always pick the container one or two inches bigger than the current plant’s pot size. Also, make sure that the new pot has good drainage holes. Make sure new planter has drainage holes. First, remove the root ball from the planter, brush off excess potting soil and place it in a clean container. Lastly, fill the container with fresh potting soil mix and cover the plant’s roots properly.
Even though you didn’t find any of the above symptoms, still repot them every two years. This will help them to grow rapidly and evenly.
Common Problems with Tradescantia Nanouk Plants
Compared to other Tradescantia species, Nanouk doesn’t have any major issues or disease problems. Here are some of the most common problems seen in Fantasy Venice:
- Overwatering: this is the most common problem that has been noticed in Tradescantia Nanouk. As we already mentioned above, this plant has low water needs. Excess watering can cause fungal infections and root rot.
- Fungus Gnats: fungus infections can further lead to gnats and pests. For that, it’s important to check if the soil is soggy or not. If it is, make sure that the soil is completely dry when you water next time.
- Rotten Leaves: It’s advised to remove all the damaged and rotten leaves because this can attract many pests and insects like aphids and mealybugs.
- Spider Mites: when the soil becomes too dry, it will attract spider mites. To remove them, shower your plant with some freshwater. After this, use a 50-50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water and sprinkle all over the plant. Do this several times to kill off all the spider mites and their eggs.
Tradescantia Nanouk usually doesn’t have any serious plant issues, but due to lack of proper care or overwatering, the plant develops some issues. When leaves start to turn yellow or brown, this also means either you’re giving too much direct sunlight or too little. At the same time, if there is excess heat or lack of irrigation, the leaves will turn yellow and appear wilted.
There are many varieties of Tradescantia available in the market; you can get the one according to your liking. Tradescantia Nanouk is easy to grow and care for plants that even first-timers can grow in their homes. A perfect option for those who are looking for a low-maintenance and beautiful houseplant.
All you need is to give them bright but indirect sunlight and the right humidity conditions. Also, do the repotting and pruning from time to time, and you’ll see how healthy and happy your Tradescantia Albiflora Nanouk will become. It is not good for families with pets or small children as it is highly toxic to humans and animals.
Want to know more about indoor plants? Read our previous blogs on Chinese money plants and the best large indoor plants.
So, this is all about the Tradescantia Nanouk plant. I hope this complete Fantasy Venice care and growing guide has helped you to understand everything. If you find this post informative and helpful, share it with your family and friends looking to add some gorgeous foliage to their homes.
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