Silver Inch Plant

Tradescantia zebrina

Inchplant, Spiderwort, Wandering Jew

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profile iconSilvery Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina) 5
by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Tradescantia zebrina is an evergreen perennial species which acts as a great ground cover and climbing plant in non-frost-prone climates. It has attractive, colourful foliage and produces rosy-purple, 3-petalled flowers. In mild climates its a garden ornamental, cultivated for borders and also used in beds and pots. Also grown as indoors as houseplants, this species requires bright, indirect light and won't cope with freezing temperatures well. Their flowers unfold one at a time to preserve energy, usually in the morning and will generally close with the afternoon sun. They may remain open on cloudy days, this species requires a good amount of light and pruning for the best outcome. It is best grown indoors in the UK where temperatures frequently drop below 5 degrees Celcius. Once known by the common name 'Wandering Jew', this name is no longer used by the horticultural world and is provided for historical purposes only.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Not usually harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Cover seeds with potting soil/organic matter. Sow in Spring or towards the 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
Indoor plant

Special features

Origin

Mexico

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Compost

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Cultivated as a garden ornamental. It is often grown as a ground cover, mainly for its colourful foliage.

Personality

Family

Commelinaceae

Flower colour

Purples

Scent

None

Problems

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

Companion plants

Best planted on its own as it can overgrow other plants.
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