How to Care for a Bridal Veil Hanging Plant
Bridal veil hanging plants are popular houseplants that are fairly simple to care for. They require very infrequent watering and pruning. This makes them an excellent choice for someone who may not be able to give them much care (such as a person who travels frequently). The most important thing to remember is that bridal veil plants are very sensitive to moisture. Over-watering them or planting them in pots without drainage holes can kill them.
Hang bridal veil plants in a warm spot that gets plenty of sunshine. Light encourages flowering in the plants and keeps them healthy and green.
Water bridal veil plants infrequently. Check the soil every two or three days. When it feels completely dry, drench the plant with water.
Prune bridal veil plants with a pair of gardening shears to allow them to grow out more fully. Pruning these plants is an inexact science, and there are no real rules. When a section of the plant becomes longer than you would like, simply trim it back.
If you are using a drainage cover under the hanging pot, make sure it's lined with gravel or pebbles. Bridal veil plants require pots with good drainage because sitting in pools of water can cause the roots to rot. The pebbles pull the water away from the bottom of the plant in the pot, helping it to remain moist but not too wet.
Feed the bridal veil plant a small amount of water-soluble fertilizer formulated for houseplants once a week to keep it looking lush and green.
Water A Bridal Veil Plant?
Also known as Tahitian bridal veil and dotted bridal veil, the bridal veil plant has been sold under a variety of genus and species names. It is sometimes listed as Tradescantia multiflora or Tripogandra multiflora. There is also a very similar species, Gibasis geniculata, with which pellucida is often confused. How often you water your bridal veil will depend on the plant's density and the type of soil nourishing it. A cascade of flower-dotted greenery is usually created by grouping ten or so of the easily-rooted cuttings close together in an 8-inch hanging basket, from which they can grow long enough to dangle 30 inches or so. Because it is somewhat vulnerable to root rot, give a specimen in a basket, light potting soil or a cactus potting mix. If planting bridal veil in the ground instead, choose a partially shaded location with fluffy or sandy loam. Lots of direct sunlight may burn your bridal veil — and dry it out quickly. Wait until the surface of that soil feels dry to the touch before you water the plant again, but don’t allow the deeper soil to become parched.
- Gardening shears
- Gravel or pebbles
- Water-soluble fertilizer
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- A Guide to Plants in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica; Susan Iremonger
- Uncle John’s Home and Garden: Bridal Veil
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- Haar’s Nursery: Bridal Veil
- Hort Technology: Nomenclature of Tahitian Bridal Veil