Wandering Jew

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Description

Wandering Jews (Tradescantias) are valued for their stripes of white, green, silver, and purple colors in their leaves. They have trailing vines that flow from it’s base and are very easy to care for. 

Wandering Jew

Botanical Name: 

Zebrina Pendula or Tradescantia Albiflora

Plant Type: 

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Planting

  • Grow in all-purpose potting mix in either a pot or hanging basket. 
  • Select a location that delivers medium to bright light.
  • The room temperature should be between 55 and 75 degrees F.

Care

  • Water completely and allow the soil to dry before watering again.  You can water less during the winter months of its resting period.
  • Provide fertilizer twice a month. 
  • You can re-root the long stem tips by cutting in the spring and summer. Just make sure the stems are 3 inches long and the plant will root within 3 weeks.

Pests/Diseases

Aphids tend to be a problem on the stems and leaves.  To rid of them, pinch off the infected stems and spray the plant with water.

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Wandering Jew plant

Is the plant edible and do you know what value it might have?

There is a wandering jew weed

There is a wandering jew weed that is edible, but it is not the same species as the wandering jew house/garden plant.

My Wondering Jew

I dont have very much luck with my Wondering Jew and I love it sooo much. Not that I over do it. I love their color and how the hang BUT..... I cant keep them alive in Soil. EVER. I can grow cuttings like all get out but when i put them in soil they do good for about 5 months than the plant from the dirt out starts dying. Half way down the l stems it is beautiful and luscious but the base always dies. then i have to cut them off put back in water get roots going again and them replant and it starts all over again. My neighbor thinks i might now be watering it enough? I water it till it soaks up and then drain the base. but I only water every 2 week to every week. Any help is grateful.

Start over with fresh soil

Start over with fresh soil that drains well. Place the pot in a medium to bright light location. Only water when the soil is dry. Water less during the winter months. Fertilize every couple of months. We hope you have better luck this time.

My wandering jew plant was

My wandering jew plant was pretty much dead and my daughter was able to plant a piece of it and it grew amazingly. I had it outside and something ate holes in all the leaves. I brought I back inside and now some of the leaves have turned brown and aren't crisp like dead leaves but wet almost and stick to the pot. Do I prune these? Am I only supposed to mist the plant or does it need to be watered as long as I avoid hitting the leaves? I've had this plant for years and I don't want it to die after my daughter saved it. Help please

Th problem might stem from

Th problem might stem from the transplanting/repotting. Sometimes plants need time to adjust to a new "home." Or it could be that some part of the process is/was stressful: root damage, too much moisture (watering into the crown can cause rot, and so, plant failure; these plants like to be misted), quality of the soil ("old" soil will also lead to plant failure), pot contamination (if it's not clean)...
While these plants willing root in water, they do not like "wet feet"—too much water at the base. That's a common mistake that gardeners make.

When I transplanted it, it

When I transplanted it, it was nearly dead. Afterwards, it had a lot of new growth and it was even branching. The problem started when some bug ate holes in the leaves and now it's having a lot of problems. We just wanted to be sure that it would recover. It is watered every other day to every 3 days, depending on water content in the soil. Is this too much?

I have a Jew that won't

I have a Jew that won't wander..? Its hanging in a pot, outside, in 30-40°c temp, gets rained on, watered and soaks up the sun like crazy. Its in wonderful health, thick and full, a very deep red-purple.. But it won't actually grow. What am I doing wrong?

Hi, Lisa: What?!! You didn't

Hi, Lisa: What?!! You didn't get a nonwandering Wandering Jew? Haha--but not to worry! Just go ahead and start pruning it back, cutting above the leaf nodes. You can remove as much as a quarter to a third of the plant, and it will be fine. Do it at the top to create a bushier plant at the bottom. Could you just let it grow and grow? Sure, but it might become leggy at the top. Could you not let it just grow and grow? Sure, and it will be fine if you prune. Or you could find the right balance of pruning and laissez-faire that suits both you and your plant. It's tough to go wrong here! Have fun!

I have a wandering jew and

I have a wandering jew and ever since i put it in a larger pot it has grown like MAD!! Its out of control and I don't know what to do. Do I just let it grow and grow? How do I "cut it back"?

I bought a wandering jew this

I bought a wandering jew this summer, i plantes it in a hanging basket,how deep down do i plant the roots?i have checked on this plant to see how it is growing and noticed the stems are not very big or strong...what am i doing wrong? Please help before its too late...

Hi Shauan, When planting the

Hi Shauan,
When planting the wandering jew set it deep enough to cover the roots and about 1-inch of the stems.

I was given a plant that

I was given a plant that looks like the wandering jew but the leaves are smaller ,does anybody know what it is called ?

Hi Barbara, There are so many

Hi Barbara,
There are so many different varieties of wandering jew plants so it is very hard to say what you have. Look online (use image search) and in houseplant books to see if you can find your variety.

I have had a potted wandering

I have had a potted wandering jew for 4 years. It was purchased with blooms, moved to a different town and it didn't bloom for 3 years. This summer I set it outside, hoping that would encourage blooming. It didn't while outside but after I took it in, it started blooming the day after Veterans Day and has bloomed at least every 7 - 10 days, but it's only one bloom. I would like to see more than one bloom at a time if possible . It's the same stem that keeps blooming so I don't really want to pinch it off yet.

I have the same issue would

I have the same issue would like to know how to get more blooms on it. Had one years ago and always got flowers on that. Would like help if possible.

To encourage blooms on your

To encourage blooms on your wandering jew plant, pinch new growth. You can root these cuttings for new plants if you wish. Pinch bloomed-out branches throughout the summer to keep plants looking neat, and to encourage their putting out new buds. This will keep the plant more compact, too.

I have a plant that looks

I have a plant that looks like a wandering jew but I know it is not. Some of the leaves are half bright green and the other half darker green. Do you know the name of this plant? Thanks.

I have grown Wandering Jew

I have grown Wandering Jew for many years and I have never seen it bloom until a few days ago. The small lilac coloured blossom only lasted one day. How can I encourage more of this?

To encourage more blooms on

To encourage more blooms on your wandering jew plant, pinch new growth. You can root these cuttings for new plants if you wish. Pinch bloomed-out branches throughout the summer to keep plants looking neat, and to encourage their putting out new buds. This will keep the plant more compact, too.

Idk what's wrong with my

Idk what's wrong with my plant, at the base it looks like it's dieing but then at the ends they look healthy. I just planted them in a pot about 3 weeks ago so I know it's not time to change anything. Please help. Thank you

Hi, Autumn, we can't be

Hi, Autumn, we can't be certain about the problem, but it might—ahem—stem from the transplanting/repotting. Sometimes plants need time to adjust to a new "home." Or it could be that some part of the process is/was stressful: root damage, too much moisture (watering into the crown can cause rot, and so, plant failure; these plants like to be misted), quality of the soil ("old" soil will also lead to plant failure), pot contamination (if it's not clean)...
While these plants willing root in water, they do not like "wet feet"—too much water at the base. That's a common mistake that gardeners make.
We dare to suggest that you clip a couple of healthy ends and set these water to root...just in case.
Hope this helps...

I live in southwestern PA in

I live in southwestern PA in zone 6, I believe. Can I winter over my lovely potted wandering jew by trimming it back and keeping it in our unheated garage. We do have a dog and someone commented on the plant being poisonous to dogs. Is this a fact? Thank you

Does the wandering jew

Does the wandering jew provide oxygen or kill any household bacteria? Thanks

Hi, Phyllish: Like almost all

Hi, Phyllish: Like almost all green plants, wandering jew takes in carbon dioxide and gives off oxygen, thus providing oxygen to the atmosphere around it. While some folk medicinal qualities are sometimes attributed to wandering jew, it does not give off anything that would kill bacteria around it. Thanks for asking!

Is the wandering jew plant

Is the wandering jew plant poisonous to young children

The Wandering Jew plant is

The Wandering Jew plant is considered safe and not poisonous. Although eating or touching these plants is unlikely to cause illness, any plant might cause a reaction in certain sensitive individuals and children should still not eat the plant.
 

This plant can also be grown

This plant can also be grown in just water so long as the vase or jar is clear. It does not need soil

Is this plant poisonous to

Is this plant poisonous to Cats if eaten...?

According to the ASPCA poison

According to the ASPCA poison list, the Wandering Jew is toxic to dogs but non-toxic to cats.

thanks very much!!

thanks very much!!

I love plants in a home. It

I love plants in a home. It really makes the home feel fresh and crisp.