Wandering jew (Tradescantia zebrina) is a pretty houseplant that creeps over the edge of containers for a nice effect alone or with a mix of plants. You can also grow it as a groundcover outdoors in warmer climates. It’s an easy plant to grow and it’s tough and hard to kill. To get more of it to fill in pots and beds, you can easily take cuttings.
About Wandering Jew Inchplants
Known commonly as wandering jew or inchplants, this is a popular houseplant. Its popularity is not just because the plant is so tough, although that helps. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still grow this plant.
Wandering jew is also popular for its pretty colors and foliage. The wandering, creeping growth pattern makes it perfect for any container but especially hanging baskets. The foliage is green to purple and can also be striped. The flowers are small and pretty, but it is the foliage that really makes an impact.
How to Propagate Wandering Jew
Wandering jew cutting propagation is the easiest way to get new plants without buying more at the nursery. Take cuttings with a sharp, sterilized knife or shears. Wandering Jjw cuttings should be 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm.) long.
Choose a tip that looks healthy and has new growth. Make the cut right below a leaf node and at a 45-degree angle. Take a few cuttings to make sure you get one or two that root well and that you can plant later.
Start the rooting process in water. First, remove the bottom leaves on the cuttings and then stick them in a glass of water. Leave them for a week or so in sunlight and you’ll begin to see little roots form.
Once your cuttings have roots, you can put them in a container with standard potting soil. Put it in a location that will get medium to bright light with temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (13 to 24 Celsius).
And that’s all there is to rooting this beautiful plant.