May 23, 2021

Easiest way to Propagate a Wandering Jew with Pictures

Tradescantia zebrina is also called as Wandering jew plant. These plants are extremely easy to grow and care. They are also known as Zebrina , Spiderwort, Inch plant. They are called as Zebrina plants since they have a Zebra like pattern on their leaves. The plant has green and silvery stripes on the upper side of the leaf and a magenta color on the lower side. 

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Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant

    Introduction

    Zebrina can be grown as a hanging plant or as a ground cover.  They also make excellent plants that  can be grown in plastic bottles, pots or glass jars. These inch plants can be easily grown even if you are new to gardening.

    The Zebrina's are highly tolerant plants and invasive plants. 

    Propagation Methods

    Inch plant or Wandering Jew are the easiest plants to grow and multiply them through cuttings.
    Wandering Jew can be easily propagated through soil or water.

    Propagation Methods through Soil

    • Take few healthy cuttings from the Wandering Jew plant
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation
    • Cut the cuttings with at least one or two nodes for each cutting
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation

    • Here I have cut all the long stem cuttings into small stems with at least one node.
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation
    • Add some water and till the soil until its loose. This will help in aerating the soil.
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation

    • Poke all the cuttings into the soil and drench it with water.
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation

    Propagation Methods through Water

    • Take few healthy cuttings from the Wandering Jew plant 
    • Cut the cuttings with at least one or two nodes for each cutting
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation

    • Put them in a glass jar of water.
    • Healthy roots will appear within few days. Change the water once in 8 to 10 days.

    Sunlight conditions

    Wandering jew prefers medium to bright sunlight conditions. But harsh sunlight conditions may burn the leaves.

    Water requirements 

    Wandering jew prefers regular watering. Water the plant thoroughly and allow the plant to dry in between watering's.

    Tips to revive a plant losing its variegation

    Variegated wandering Jew might turn green if conditions are not favorable. For example : if the sunlight is low, the plant might reverse its variegation to save it energy.
    • Check on all the conditions like temperature, humidity and sunlight conditions.
    • Try to fix the plant with enough sunlight and needed humidity.
    • Remove all the non variegated leaves and do a pruning.
    • You can add in extra compost, so that your plant has enough nutrients required for its growth.

    Pruning and Maintenance of Wandering Jew

    Remove the yellow and dead leaves from the plant, that will help in better growing of the plant. Pruning also helps in growing the plants bushy. Leggy plants can be easily made bushier by pruning techniques.

    I have tried growing the plants in plastic bottles and here are few images from my balcony garden.

    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant


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