Inch Plant, Wandering Jew, Wandelende Jood (Afr.)
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. 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.
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
Not usually harvested.
Cover seeds with potting soil/organic matter. Sow in Spring or towards the end of autumn.
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.
Remove stems with roots and replant to new areas.
Wherever the shoots touch soil, it roots and spreads!
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.
Also grown as indoor plants with bright, indirect light.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Compost
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Cultivated as a garden ornamental. It is often grown as a ground cover, mainly for its colourful foliage.
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.
Best planted on its own as it can overgrow other plants.