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Planting Guide

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Boat Lily

Tradescantia spathacea

Care: Very Minimal

Light: Indoor: East or South Facing Window or 

Outdoor: Partial Shade

Water: Allow the top 1-2 inches to dry out between waterings and cut back on the water during the winter months.

Feed: Feed monthly with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer, while plant is actively growing.

Getting To Know Your Boat Lily

Boat Lily plants have many alternative names such as Moses-in-a-Boat, Boat Lily, Cradle Lily, Moses-in-the-Bullrushes, and Oyster plant. Whatever you want to call them, these colorful plants, native to Mexico, the West Indies, and Central America, are easy to care for and have very attractive leaves. Boat Lily plants produce rosettes of long, waxy, sword-shaped leaves that are glossy green or green, purple, and white striped on top and a rich purple on the underside. The very small white flowers, tucked away in a purple boat shaped bract, give Boat Lily their many common names.


  1. Follow the Planting Guide by scanning the QR Code located at the bottom of this page

    To keep the beautiful markings you need to provide good to bright light. Avoid direct sun exposure and low light conditions.

    Water below leaves (don’t get leaves wet)

  2. Let water run through pot

  3. Water: summer/fall: once weekly Spring/Winter: once every two week