Wandering Jew plant finds its way into hanging baskets and mixed annual containers for the summer because of its easy going, tolerant nature. The vibrant purple and silver striped leaves bring personality to any space. This vine looks beautiful in hanging baskets or stands where its natural tendency to vine and trail is really brought out. Undersides of the foliage and the stems are both a reddish purple. Wandering Jew is happiest with bright, indirect light to maintain its intense coloration. These plants prefer to dry out some between watering.
Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 6″ – 8″
Mature Width: 36″ – 40″
Classification: Colorful Foliage
Sunlight: Bright, indirect light to Full sun (if outdoors)
Flower Color: Small purple flowers occasionally
Foliage: Purple and silver
Soil Condition: Likes to dry out occasionally
Water Require: Likes to dry out between watering
Uses: Excellent as a border or in a container or hanging basket, inside or out
Does Not Ship To: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA
Wandering Jew is a personable plant that grows quickly and trails extensively. The brightly colored purple and silver striped foliage blends well with virtually any other color of flower or foliage. Wandering Jew happily trails in any space. Feel free to prune Wandering Jew to keep the plant branching with a more compact habit. This plant works well inside in bright, indirect light or outside in anywhere from shade to part sun. The purple foliage helps Wandering Jew match with pink, yellow, orange, green and purple flowers or foliage.
Light Requirement of Wandering Jew Plant:
Indoors, Wandering Jew needs bright, indirect light from a windowsill. Northern or eastern facing windows would keep the colors intense on this plant. Outside, Wandering Jew doesn’t handle full sun very well. This plant prefers shade or part sun to maintain its variegated foliage. Too much light will burn the leaves.
Watering Wandering Jew Plant:
Wandering Jew likes to dry out occasionally between watering. It does not like to stay or sit in water or get too dry. Plants that are watered too often usually get crown rot, meaning the plant will die roots first.
Fertilizing Wandering Jew Plant:
Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Wandering Jew. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. All of these fertilizers may be used when planting Wandering Jew indoors or outdoors.
Best Growing Soil for Wandering Jew:
Wandering Jew needs a very well draining soil, and prefers to have slightly dry conditions. Regular potting mix with sand works well for plants potted in containers. Try to avoid an area with clay soil if planting outdoors to encourage better drainage.
Nomenclature of Wandering Jew:
Tradescantia zebrina is the Latin name for Wandering Jew. The genus name honors John Tradescant (1570-1638) and his son John Tradescant (1608-1662), botanists and gardeners in England. Zebrina means zebra-striped.