Sunday, September 16, 2007

How To Propagate: Purple Hearts

Some call it tradescantia. Others call it Wandering Jew. And most people call it Moses-in-the-cradle, Three-men-in-the-boat, Moses-in-the-bulrushes - yeah, it got it's name from the flowers that clump in a purple boat or cradle-shaped leaves (bract). Like some, I call it Purple Hearts because of it's tiny purple flowers that usually appear in spring.
Purple Hearts are easily propagated by stem cuttings.
I gather them in a container with water.
Let it stay there for a few weeks and watch it grow roots. When roots appear, then it's time to plant them in soil. Some just plant the stem cuttings directly in soil but I have more success this way.

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