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Wandering Jew

Tradescantia zebrina

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Wandering jew acts as a great ground cover and climbing plant, giving colourful foliage. Also grown as indoor plants with bright, indirect light. Its a garden ornamental, cultivated for borders and also used in beds/pots, appears as a volunteer. Their a three varieties of 'Wandering jew', showing differences in the flower colours and leave colours and shape. Their flowers unfold in the morning and close when the sun shines on it in the afternoon, remains open on cloudy days, always giving you colour throughout the day. Requires good amount of light and pruning for the best outcome.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring, Autumn

Harvesting

Not usually harvested!

Propagation

Seed
Cover seeds with potting soil/organic matter. Sow in Spring or towards end of Autumn.
Cuttings
Take cuttings in the spring in cooler areas/Autumn in warmer areas. Stem cuttings roots quickly placed in a smaller pot with moist potting soil in a warm, bright area.
Division
Remove stems with roots and replant to new areas.
Layering
Wherever the shoots touch soil, it roots and spreads!

Special features

Pot plant
Planted using potting mix or organic matter. Be careful not to over-water and not too dry, prefers evenly moist soil.
Indoor plant
Also grown as indoor plants with bright, indirect light.

Geography

Origin
Mexico

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Commelinaceae
Flower colour
bright blue, pink, purple and white
Scent
None

Problems

Pest and disease include spider mites. Botrytis disease is the grey rot associated with wet/humid conditions. Can be prevented by drying plants out in between waterings.

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