I won’t kid you, I’ve killed more plants by forcing them to grow and survive in a spot that is obviously not to their liking. I’ve tried to ignore this simple rule many times because I just love a plant! Only to send it to its death…
So far this is not the case with a houseplant I bought last summer. A common houseplant that I’ve hesitated getting because I always felt I had too little light, and that was probably true for our old home in Portland. I’ve placed it in my sunniest spot with the most humidity- a corner in our bathroom. It seems to be happy and now it’s blooming.
In truth, I’m not really sure what plant this is- I know I said it’s common and it is, but some say it’s Tradescantia albiflora and others say it’s Zebrina pendula- commonly named Wandering Jew, inch-plant, or Wandering Traveler (the latter being my preference). Here is a nice site for care instructions- Guide to Houseplants. And in case you’re lost as to how to pronounce these names here is a pronunciation guide I found at Fine Gardening.com - I’ve looked everywhere for a site or some software to help me with this because knowing the plants botanical name is the only way to get the specific plant you’re looking for. If anyone knows of some software I’m all ears!
Happy New Year to you!