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Can you help us identify this....?


We're looking to identify this plant so we can best care for it.

When we were first given it it seemed to do well but now the hanging stems seem to be shriveling from the pot.

Any help would be great!would be great! 


  • B3B3 Posts: 21,514
    It might have been a tradescantia.
    Cut it right back to a few inches. Repot it in fresh compost. Keep it slightly damp. Put it in a light situation away from damp and radiators and it might revive.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,925
    Definitely needs repotting and fill the pot to within half an inch from the top. Then cut back as B says. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,736
    The tradescantia I have have big leaves, looks like a jasmine to me
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,514
    edited January 2021
    Do you mean the thug with the little red flowers?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,736
    Not sure which you mean B3, Jasmine has pink or white flowers
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,514
    edited January 2021
    Jasmine beesianum. It took me about ten years to beat it.😡
    The stems look like tradescantia to me. JB would wind around itself. Whatever it is,I think our advice holds. @Nanny Beach
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,465
    When tradescantia is hungry because it’s used all the nutrition in the compost, it grows ver small leaves ... just as in the OP’s photos. 
    As has been said ... repot in good quality compost ... cut hard back, and after the first six weeks it’ll need to be fed every ten days or so. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,901
    edited January 2021

    Tradescantia multiflora

    I have one.  I would repot into a slightly larger pot, and wind the existing trailing vines into the pot so they have contact with the soil.. they will root from any node under each leaf.  Or you could root the existing vines in new pots, by layering while still attached to the current pot until they root.  Then cut them off and dispose of the original one.  
    Plant likes bright indirect light, more flowers and more purple color under the leaves.  Free draining soil in a pot with drainage holes, it doesn’t like a soggy bottom.  It also doesn't like to dry out completely either.  
    Utah, USA.
  • Thanks everyone, we did some digging (ha ha) too and thinks it's Tradescantia Fluminensis.

    We're experimenting with a range of methods you've proposed, so thank you!
  • While you're trying out all the good ideas suggested, @samhagger1981, you could also take a healthy looking stem (  there will be a few in there! )  and put it in a jar of water and wait for it to root.  Very easily done, doesn't take long.  Tradescantias are simple to propagate hydroponically.  Then you'll have a whole new plant.
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