Why is my spiderwort turning brown?

Why is my spiderwort turning brown?

Spiderwort grows well in moist soil, but boggy conditions can allow a water mold (Pythium sp.) to attack roots, causing rot. ... Fungal infection begins at root tips and advances up the roots, turning them brown or black and mushy. Good drainage prevents this condition.

Does spiderwort need sun?

Like with most of its grow conditions, spiderwort is not overly picky about its available sunlight—or lack thereof. While the plant tends to prefer partial shade, it does well in almost any environment, so long as it gets at least a few hours of light per day and enough water if exposed to all-day sunlight.

How often do you water spiderwort?

During its active growth, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every four weeks. Water sparingly in winter.

How do you stop spiderwort from spreading?

Remove them and carefully weed the area. Non-living mulch such as straw or hay should be spread over the site. It has been my experience when discouraging any kind of weed it is wise to spread several layers of newspapers or a sheet of black plastic first before the mulch.

How do you split spiderwort?

Every two to three years, divide up spiderwort clumps to keep the area from getting overcrowded. Divide the plants in late winter in frost-free areas while the air is cool and the soil is still moist. Slide a shovel under the whole clump and lift it from the ground then break up the roots into sections.

How do you eat spiderwort?

Spiderwort is not only attractive, it is also edible. Try the flowers fresh on a salad or candied for a sweet treat. Stems and leaves can be eaten raw and leaves can also be cooked. The leaves are mucilaginous; the “juice” can be used to soothe insect bites in the same way one would use aloe.

When can I cut back spiderwort?

A: Spiderwort usually ends up looking pretty ratty by mid-summer after it's done blooming. This is a tough enough perennial that you can cut the whole plant back to the ground, and within a few weeks, it'll push up fresh new growth and look so much better the rest of the season.

Is Virginia spiderwort edible?

Virginia spiderwort is a native perennial that produces pretty blue flowers; all parts are edible.

How did spiderwort get its name?

Today I learned that the reason that Tradescantia virginiana aka spiderwort is called “spider” wort or spider lily is because when the stem of a spiderwort is cut, “a viscous stem secretion is released which becomes threadlike and silky upon hardening (like a spider's web), hence the common name,” says Missouri ...

How do you make spiderwort?

METHOD OF PREPARATION: Leaves raw in salads —green tasting — leaves cooked in soups, stews, omelets, Spiderwort stalks cook well like asparagus. Flowers in salads, or candied. Doesn't grow rank as season progresses. Sap used on skin conditions.

What colors does spiderwort come in?

genus nameTradescantia
flower colorBlue Purple White Pink
foliage colorBlue/Green Chartreuse/Gold
season featuresSpring Bloom Fall Bloom Summer Bloom
problem solversDeer Resistant Groundcover Drought Tolerant