Nanouk Plant: A Unique And Hardy Addition To Your Home

  • By: Succulents Plants
  • Date: December 17, 2022
  • Time to read: 6 min.
Tradescantia Nanouk Plant
Photo by courtesy of Robi_J


Are you looking for a unique, eye-catching addition to your home? Look no further than the Nanouk plant. This Tradescantia species is the perfect pick for brightening up any indoor space. In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about the Nanouk plant, from where it comes from to how to care for it. Get ready to learn more about this stunning and hardy houseplant!

What is the Nanouk Plant?

The Nanouk plant is an incredibly unique and hardy addition to any home, and it can be found in many different varieties. Native to South America, this plant is known for its versatility and resilience, and it is one of the few plants that are able to survive in a range of temperatures. The Nanouk plant is also known for its bright and colorful flowers, which are usually yellow, orange, or pink.

One of the best features of the Nanouk plant is that it can be easily propagated by stem cuttings. To do this, all you need to do is take a stem cutting and plant it in a pot with the same soil and moisture levels as the original plant. The cutting should take root within a few weeks, and the new plant will be ready to be transplanted in a larger pot or in the ground.


Lighting Requirements

For optimal growth, it is best to place your Nanouk plant near a window where it will receive some bright, indirect sunlight. If direct sunlight strikes the plant, this can cause the leaves to curl or burn, so it is important to ensure that any direct sunlight is not too strong. Alternatively, if you do not have a bright window, you can put the plant under a light source such as a ceiling light or a grow light. The Nanouk plant can tolerate low light levels, but this should be used as a last resort, as the plant will not thrive as well under these conditions.

Watering Requirements

To start, you should water your Nanouk plant about once a week. As a general rule, you should only water it when the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry. To check soil moisture, simply stick your finger into the soil about an inch or two deep. If it is still damp, wait until the soil is dry before moving forward with watering.

Be careful, though. Over-watering your Nanouk can be just as detrimental as not giving it enough water. If the soil is completely saturated, wait a few days to give the soil a chance to dry out.

When watering, make sure to use lukewarm water. This will help your plant absorb the water quickly and efficiently. Also, try to distribute the water evenly around the base of the plant. This will allow the water to reach the roots, which will improve the health of your Nanouk.

Even though the Nanouk is a hardy species, it is important to pay close attention to the watering requirements. Monitor the soil moisture, waiting until it is dry before proceeding with a deep watering. Doing so will ensure that your Nanouk plant continues to thrive for years to come.

Repotting and Pruning Requirements

Repotting is necessary for a few reasons. It helps to keep the Nanouk plant healthy, as well as ensuring that it has enough space to grow. The Nanouk plant is a fast-growing species and as such, its root system will outgrow its current pot quickly. Repotting into a slightly larger pot (with more soil) is essential for the plant to thrive.

Pruning is essential for the Nanouk plant to remain healthy and attractive. Pruning helps to encourage new growth and keep the Nanouk plant from becoming too large. Pruning back the foliage of this species is also necessary to keep branches from becoming too heavy or breaking off. It also helps to shape the plant and keep it in proportion to its environment.

It is best to do repotting and pruning in the spring or early summer. When repotting, be sure to use a well-draining soil that is light and airy. It is also important to make sure the pot is not too large, as the roots need room to breathe. After repotting, water the Nanouk plant well to ensure it takes in the new soil.

When pruning, it is important to cut back just enough to shape and regulate the size of the plant. Be sure not to prune too much, as this can shock the plant, causing it to lose its foliage and flower buds. Pruning should be done with sharp, clean shears to reduce the risk of damaging the plant.

Temperature Requirements

This resilient plant is well-suited to indoor and outdoor temperatures, with the optimal temperature range ranging from 15-25°C. Anything higher than 30°C can be hazardous to the Nanouk Plant, resulting in stunted growth or leaf discoloration. During winter months – and especially if you keep your Nanouk Plant outside – temperatures should not drop below 10°C. Anything lower can cause permanent damage.

Humidity levels are also important for the Nanouk Plant’s well-being. Although the plant can tolerate a range of levels, it does best in moderate to high humidity. If you keep your Nanouk Plant indoors, mist it with a spray bottle of room temperature water at least once a week. As for outdoor conditions, make sure the area it is located in gets a good amount of rain or supplement your outdoor Nanouk Plant with a water spritzer.

How to Propagate a Nanouk Plant

The easiest way to propagate a nanouk plant is through stem cuttings. Start by using a sharp knife or scissors to take a cutting from a healthy stem of your existing nanouk plant. The cutting should include several nodes, which are the knobby bumps on the stem from which leaves, flowers, and roots will eventually sprout. Place the cutting in warm, damp soil; ideally, the soil should have some sand mixed in with it. Place a plastic bag over the soil to retain moisture and keep it warm.

You can also propagate a nanouk plant using leaf cuttings. To do this, cut off an entire leaf that includes its stem. Plant the leaf in some warm, damp soil, and then use a plastic bag to cover it and help keep it warm and moist. Roots should begin to sprout within a few weeks.

When propagating a nanouk plant, it’s important to keep the soil moist but not too wet. If your cutting and soil become too wet, there’s a risk of fungi or mold developing. You should also place the cutting in an area with bright, indirect sunlight, as direct sunlight can cause the cutting to dry out too quickly.


In conclusion, the Nanouk Plant is an excellent and hardy addition to any home. Not only is it low-maintenance, but also it can be a unique and eye-catching addition to your environment. It’s fairly easy to find, as it grows anywhere from tropical forests to urban areas. Its vibrant colors and unique foliage are sure to be a delight to visitors of any home. Caring for this plant is relatively easy, needing only adequate lighting, regular watering and occasional pruning. Also, if you want to expand your collection of Nanouk Plants, it is possible to propagate them. With the right care, the Nanouk can be a colorful and exotic addition to any home.


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