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Wandering Jew ~ Tradescantia zebrina


Botanical name: Zebrina Pendula or Tradescantia Albiflora

Plant type: Houseplant

Sun exposure: Part Sun

Wandering Jews (Tradescantias) are valued for their stripes of white, green, silver, and purple colors in their leaves. They have trailing vines that flow from it’s base and are very easy to care for.


Grow in all-purpose potting mix in either a pot or hanging basket.

  • Select a location that delivers medium to bright light.
  • The room temperature should be between 55 and 75 degrees F.


  • Water completely and allow the soil to dry before watering again.  You can water less during the winter months of its resting period.
  • Provide fertilizer twice a month.
  • You can re-root the long stem tips by cutting in the spring and summer. Just make sure the stems are 3 inches long and the plant will root within 3 weeks.


Aphids tend to be a problem on the stems and leaves.  To rid of them, pinch off the infected stems and spray the plant with water.



6 responses

  1. Wandering Jew is a weed here along with it’s less friendly mate Vinca major. We spend our days trying to stop the vinca from invading every nook and cranny that the jasmine and honeysuckle haven’t invaded…sigh…

    September 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    • lol, sorry i winter mine over indoors

      September 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      • LOL! I can’t believe it isn’t invasive…must be your winter cold? It goes mental through our winter as it never gets much below about 35F here with lots of rain so you can only imagine how happy it is 😉

        September 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      • i can imagine, i have yet to kill one lol 😀

        September 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm


    😀 😀 😀

    September 25, 2013 at 4:14 am

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