Where To Grow A Wandering Jew Houseplant
Wandering Jew (Tradescantia) like a bright, airy place at room
temperature. Varieties with colored foliage like a brighter place. The
with green leaves tolerate a semi-shaded position.
They are ideal hanging house plants so you can plant them into a hanging
basket or use an indoor plant stand. You can also use them as a
plant in a conservatory.
Wandering Jew can be planted outside in mild climates. They don't
tolerate frost though and temperatures should not drop below 50 degrees
F/10 degrees C.
If you want to do an arrangement with several different types of
plants the Wandering Jew is an ideal plant to put around the edges of
The foliage will add color and contrast to the combination of plants and
trail over the edge of the container.
Care And Maintenance Of Wandering Jew House Plants
Tradescantias like a lot of humidity. Place the container on a tray of pebbles and water to keep the humidity levels around the plant high.
Watering And Feeding:
From spring until autumn the plants will need quite a lot of water. Keep
the soil always a bit moist. Add a liquid feed every two weeks during
the growing season. Water less during the winter months.
Propagation of Wandering Jew:
Older plants tend to get a bit bare and scraggy at the base. This is not
a real problem though because the plants are very easy to propagate.
Cuttings root easily in potting compost or water. Put several cuttings
into a pot to get a bushy and full looking plant at the end.
Pests And Diseases:
These plants are trouble free in general. Sometimes you can get problems
with green flies. Just use some soapy water or an organic insecticide spray.
Keeping the plants too wet or too dry can cause brown tips on the
Wandering Jew Plant Varieties
Some of the nicest and most colorful are the purple Wandering Jew plants
(Tradescatia pallida 'Purple Heart'). The foliage is of a dark purple
slightly hairy and narrow. The color of the purple wandering dew is best
if the plants are kept in a bright spot.
Tradescantia bossfeldiana has lovely tricolored leaves. The foliage is striped green, cream and pink. A very attractive variety!
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