How to care for and grow your Tradescantia Nanouk!

If you’re not failing, you’re not pushing your limits, and if you’re not pushing your limits, you’re not maximizing your potential.

After my Monstera, it’s time to talk about my second favorite house plant, the Tradescantia Nanouk. Commonly known as Fantasy Venice, this type of spiderwort is so pretty, fast-growing, easily propagated, and will beautify your indoor space.

My friend got me this plant when I moved out, and at that point, I knew absolutely nothing about plants. As a matter of fact, I killed it. But I couldn’t accept that failure, so I went and purchased the exact same plant again. From there, the plant has been thriving and growing nicely.

Tradescantia Nanouk

How to Care for your Fantasy Venice Tradescantia Nanouk

Caring for your Fantasy Venice is pretty simple if done properly.

Watering your Fantasy Venice

I would say to water your plant once every 10 days. The roots can easily rot, and then it’s too hard to bring it back to life. The plant should be on the dry side rather than the wet one. The Nanouk also likes a bit of humidity, so you can mist it once a week if you wish or leave it next to a humidificator once a week. It’s important to have a pot with good drainage to minimize the risks of overwatering your plant.

Growth of your Fantasy Venice

The plant will grow best during spring until fall. Thanks to the controlled inside temperatures, it will still grow in winter but slower. To help it grow, you can put a fertilizer spike in the soil.

Light and temperature around your Fantasy Venice

You want to keep your plant in the sunlight but not directly under the light. If you are doing a good job, the leaves will have brighter colors, and during the growing season, the Fantasy Venice could even produce flowers. Ideally, the temperature should be between 19 and 23 degrees celsius.

Soil for your Fantasy Venice

The plant being quite easygoing, there is no need to have a special soil mixture. But if you want to give it the best environment to grow, you’ll want to add either vermiculite or perlite. It’ll help with water retention and aerate your soil. You should also change the soil once a year during spring to help give your plant the best nutrients.

How do you propagate and make a Tradescantia Nanouk bushy?

There are many ways to propagate your plant. This is my way of doing it…

I select a stem from the mother plant that has a few leaves and nodes. With clean scissors, I make a diagonal cut under the last node and remove the leave that is attached to it. This is from where the roots will grow. I then take my unrooted cutting and stick it into the soil. Water it a bit and leave it. The roots will grow in the soil and you will start noticing the stem getting longer and longer.

Another way to propagate is using water. Once you make your cut you stick your stem in water enough to cover the node and put it in a bright warm spot. After 2 or 3 weeks you will see the growth of the roots and once it’s about 2 inches you can plant it into the soil.

You can use the propagation method to make your plant a lot bushier.

Commun problems with a Tradescantia Nanouk

Rotting RootsYou have probably overwatered your plant. The Fantasy Venice likes to be moist but not damp all the time. If you see your plant becoming dull, that would be your sign.
Fungal infectionsYou probably water your plant too often, and your plant didn’t have time to dry up in between. Change your soil as soon as possible and disinfect your plant as much as possible before replanting it.
Spider mitesYour soil and plant are too dry. You should clean your plant until you killed all the spiders and their eggs. Change the soil and make sure you follow a good watering schedule.
Loss of leaf colorsIf your Fantasy Venice doesn’t get enough sunlight, it might lose its colors.

I hope this post shed some light on the amazing Tradescantia Nanouk and that you will get one of your own!

Until next time,




  1. May 3, 2022 / 4:28 am

    That is the most beautiful houseplant, the colours are amazing! I have to say, as a gardener, my indoor plant game is rubbish, I’m much better with outdoor plants, but thank you for the tips and sharing your beautiful Fantasy Venice.

    • May 3, 2022 / 2:50 pm

      If I had a garden I know I would be obsessed with outdoor plants as well! But this is definitely one of my favorite houseplant 🙂

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