Tradescantia Nanouk

The Right Way to Care for Tradescantia Nanouk Plant

Have you ever seen a plant that looks like it defies the laws of color theory?

A cascading explosion of purple, emerald (a shade of green), and silver that seems to whisper tales of ancient rainforests?

If you were nodding, you might have encountered Tradescantia Nanouk

Transcantia Nanouk plant

Ah! The vibrant look and captivating leaves can make your ordinary garden magical. 

So, how about getting one for your garden?

Hold on, man! Let's discuss some details about the care process and propagation first so you can take the most out of it.

Ready to know? Let's jump in:

A Low Maintenance Houseplant beauty: Tradescantia Nanouk

Tradescantia Nanouk, also known as Fantasy Venice or Wandering Dude, is an indoor plant. It has impressive characteristics, and its bushy nature makes it undoubtedly a great masterpiece in the universe. Let's talk about its characteristics, origin, and standout qualities:


Multicolored Leaves:

The most striking feature of Tradescantia Nanouk is its vibrantly colored leaves, showing the art of the universe that hits differently.

Trailing Growth:

This plant gracefully cascades from its pot. It is ideal for use in hanging baskets or on shelves. Its trailing stems can grow several feet long and so adorable. In other words, it is a perfect choice for small and vertical gardens.

Relatively Fast-Growing:

Nanouk Tradescantia is a relatively fast grower, quickly adding a touch of life to your home. Furthermore, it makes propagation a simple task, allowing you to share the beauty with friends and family or create a lush indoor jungle in no time! 


The exact origin of Tradescantia Nanouk remains unknown. Some believe it originated in Mexico, while others think it came from Central or South America. Shhh! It can also be from the Netherlands.

However, regardless of its birthplace, it has gained much popularity worldwide as a houseplant. The reason behind this is its easy care routine and stunning appearance, which complements any garden look.

Easy Peasy Plant Care For Tradescantia Nanouk

What is more exciting than growing your own Tradescantia Nanouk plant? Let us go over where to place your baby plant and how to care for it step by step:

Vibrant hue of Tradescantia Nanouk leaves

Growing Tradescantia Nanouk:

Step 1: Buying Your Plant:

Buy a plant from a reputable store you can trust on My Green Scape for high-quality and exotic plants.

Step 2: Preparing soil:

Ensure the plant is in good condition. Now, prepare your pot and soil. An 8-inch deep pot will work perfectly fine. But keep in mind that a hole in the pot is a must-have. Otherwise, the plant will not grow properly.

Step 3: Improve Drainage:

Use a houseplant-specific potting mix that drains well. You can even improve drainage by adding perlite or orchid bark to the mix.

Caring Tradescantia Nanouk with Love:

Like everything else, the Tradescantia nanouk plant needs TLC (tender love care) to grow.

However, Tradescantia is an easy to care but still delicate plant. It doesn't need much attention, but ignoring it can suck the soul out of it. Here are some quick tips to take care of your beauty enhancer plant:


Radescantia Nanouk and all other wandering jew plants require light but are intolerant of direct sunlight. Heavy exposure to the sun in summer can lead to leaf burns.


Unlike other plants, Transdescantia nanouk absorbs a lot of moisture and doesn't need a lot of external water sources. Remember that you should water it when the soil is dried.

Light Feed During Growing Season:

The plant doesn't need fertilizers. You can dilute some fertilizer and use it on your plant. Remember, less is more when it comes to fertilizers, so always read instructions carefully.

A garden full of tradescantia Nanouk

Common Aches of Tradescantia Nanouk And Their Solutions

Your plant might be crying for help, and you might not be able to understand the root cause. No need to worry! Here are some common problems and solutions.

Leggy Growth and Leaf Loss (Lack of Light):

Is your plant stretching dramatically with sparse leaves? This likely indicates insufficient light. Place your Tradescantia Nanouk in a brighter area with indirect sunlight. Avoid the harsh midday sun, as it can cause broken leaves. Putting your plant in direct sunlight is fine in the winter and spring, but not in the summer.

Brown Leaf Tips (Underwatering):

The second and most common problem is that crispy brown edges on the leaves are a sign of thirst. Remember, underwatering is better than overwatering. However, we love the pinkish tint of plants so underwatering should be a significant concern.

Check the soil moisture regularly. When the top inch feels dry, give your plant a thorough drink. Let excess water drain to prevent root rot.

Brown Leaf and wet soil in Tradescantia Nanouk

Pale or Losing Color (Too Much Light):

Are the vibrant colors of your Tradescantia Nanouk fading? This could be due to excessive light exposure.

Move your plant away from the window or filter the sunlight with a light curtain. You can use green shades to protect your plant. Look! Even laminated chemical-based color fades in UV light, and it's just a cute little verdure.

Drooping Leaves (Overwatering):

A limp and droopy plant is frequently a sign of overwatering. Examine the soil carefully. If it feels soggy or smells musty that means you are over caring. Cut down the water supply and let the soil dry completely before watering again. Tradescantia Nanouk can survive without water, but overconsumption can be problematic. Moreover, if you feel the leaves are too droopy you can try repoting in a new pot.

How to Propagate Tradescantia Nanouk?

At this stage, you might think, "Oh man, propagation isn't an easy task.” Hmm! What if I told you Tradescantia Nanouk propagation is a piece of pie? Here is a step-by-step guide to help you grow more of these wandering jew plants:

Prepare the Pot:

Use a new pot or wash a pre-used pot. Now, put some soil in it. Avoid patting the soil or applying any other kind of pressure to it. Regular soil will work perfectly fine, but if you want to add some fertilizer, go for it.

Propagation Process

Cut Stems:

Take your old leggy Tradescantia Nanouk and cut some of its stems. You must cut directly below the node (the bump on the stem where leaves grow). Aim for a stem that is 6–8 leaves long.

Remove the lower leaves from the cutting, leaving at least 2-3 leaves at the top. This allows the plant to focus its energy on root growth.

Place in Pot:

Now, place the Tradescantia Nanouk bouture into the pot and pour some water into it. Let it sit in a well-lit area for 2 weeks, and then you can check it for new roots.

Here you are, ready with multiple new baby plants that you can use to gift your friends and family or to enhance your garden's appearance. And congratulations on this point—now you have a green thumb!

Top Reasons to Love Your Tradescantia Nanouk

Nanouk is an understanding friend, especially if you are a busy person. Here are some benefits that make Tradescantia Nanouk worth buying and growing:

Air Purification:

It's known to be an air-purifying plant that helps remove common toxins in indoor environments.

Low Maintenance

This is an excellent houseplant for beginners! It will grow on its own with the least care.

Easy Propagation:

Tradescantia Nanouk is very easy to propagate, so you can grow your collection or share its beauty with friends and family.

Stunning Additio:

Wandering Jews are a stunning addition to your garden. You can style them in many ways.


How often do I need to water it?

Let the soil dry out a bit between waterings.  Stick your finger in the soil - if the top inch feels dry, it's time to give it a drink.  Overwatering is more harmful than underwatering for this plant.

Is Tradescantia Nanouk deadly?

It can be mildly poisonous, so keeping your children and pets away from them is better. Although it can’t be considered a deadly plant.

How do I make Tradescantia Nanouk more pink?

A proper atmosphere is needed to make your Nanouk plant stay fresh and exude a vibrant look. You can count on factors like sunlight, humidity, watering, and moisture.

Final Thought

If you are looking for a low-care plant for your garden, Tradescantia Naouk is the best option available on earth. Look! These plants have a stunning and vibrant appearance without putting extra stress on constant care.

Furthermore, other plants in the Nanouk family suggest it for the least care and an alluring look. Happy gardening!

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