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Wandering Jew

Tradescantia zebrina

Spiderwort, Silver inch plant

This evergreen perennial species acts as a great ground cover and climbing plant. 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.

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

Geography

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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