Close up of coloured leaves coming back to her former glory.

The results from my experiment a few months ago are here to show you all

So a few months ago I cut back my tradescantia quadricolor completely to see if it would fully revive. This was to create a little test experiment to see how hardy these houseplants really are. And now I am happy to show you the stages of what the plant has been going through since. And how I’m ecstatic to see a whole new quadricolor wandering jew on its way shooting up.

If you’d like to read the original post to see how I went about beginning this experiment, you can find the link right here to my blog.

Here’s how my little quadricolor looked at the time of the last post. It literally has a few stems just about sticking out from the soil. I wanted to really take the plant back to see if it stood a chance of re-shooting and growing again.

The stems that I have left in the pot, to see if they'll grow back.
The stems that I have left in the pot, to see if they’ll grow back.

All was quiet in the pot for a few weeks

I decided to leave the pot in bright indirect sunlight, as this is the best light for re-growing or propagating plants. Anything too bright will kill off the plant before it has a chance to start its growth again. Or at least this is what I have found from previous experience.

I kept checking on the stems every day (I became a little obsessed and begged the plant to do something). But nothing happened for a while. I kept watering the soil only when it was looking really dry as I wanted to prevent root rot when the plant was recovering from the hellish cutback I gave it.

Over the next week or two things seemed to get worse. Some of the stems died off altogether and I was left with two of the stems remaining out of the five that were originally left in the pot. I thought the experiment might be coming to a quick end.

And then one day this happened…

Tradescantia quadricolor new shoot reviving
Tradescantia quadricolor new shoot reviving

Overnight the tradescantia quadricolor pushed out a whole new stem from the soil. I was over the moon to see that there was some form of life coming back into the plant. On close up you can see the curl of where the leaf will push out and it truly made me happy to see how resistant these plants are. Tradescantia has always had the title of being hardy and sometimes indestructible, but to see it with my own eyes was crazy good. So I’m glad I can now share this with you all too. To show that even when they look like they’re dying this isn’t the case.

The quadricolor reviving from strength to strength

Over the next few weeks, the quadricolor wandering jew continued to grow strong and the following photos show the progress that was made. Each week there was a new leaf being pushed out and it appeared to be loving the light and water that I had been giving it.

The first little leaf coming back on the quadricolor inch plant
The first little leaf coming back on the quadricolor inch plant

I have a stash of banana water that I use to help fertilize my house plants. And a water with this every couple of weeks seemed to keep giving it the help it needed to grow more.

The quadricolor wandering jew plant throwing out another new leaf
The quadricolor wandering jew plant throwing out another new leaf

I was well aware that the leaves coming out were mostly green with a little silver streak down the centres. But this was fine because tradescantia quadricolor is only of the few tradescantias that can revert to green, and then revert back to full multicolour given the right conditions. So to begin with I was happy that they were green as this meant more photosynthesis to help the plant grow and revive.

A second new shoot coming up on the reviving quadricolor tradescantia house plant
A second new shoot coming up on the reviving quadricolor tradescantia house plant

After the third leaf came out, I was then amazed to see a new shoot coming out from the other dormant stem. It just shows again that you can’t write it off unless it’s completely died off and in this case, it wasn’t quite there. So Another massive joyous moment right here too. Again there is little colour still in the plant but the rate at which the leaves were coming out definitely made up for it.

The end result today of the reviving quadricolor inch plant

So now that I am confident that this tradescantia is going to survive and live a happy life. I feel the experiment has come to an end. And what I have learnt is simply to don’t give up on your tradescantias when all looks bleak. Because this shows that they can and do bounce back. My quadricolor is loving life again and I’m sure within the next couple of months, it’ll be unrecognisable to where it was only a few months ago. So here’s the last photo of how she’s now doing.

A healthy looking tradescantia quadricolor reviving back to life
A healthy-looking tradescantia quadricolor reviving back to life

As you might be able to see, the last couple of leaves on the smaller stem have colour too. A little bit of pink and white to start the qudaricolor back to her former beauty. And I can’t wait to see how she’ll look soon enough.

Close up of coloured leaves coming back to her former glory.
Close up of coloured leaves coming back to her former glory.

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Tradescantia Quadricolor Reviving Back To Life

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