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Wandering Jew Plant

Tradescantia zebrina

The Wandering Jew plant is a flowering house plant known for its striped eggplant-purple and lime green foliage. Typically grown as a houseplant, Tradescantia zebrina blooms freely throughout the year. This plant is not only beautiful, but flexible in all growing environments.

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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. A 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.

When grown outdoors, many consider this plant to be quite invasive, but this quality makes it an excellent indoor vining plant. Grow this plant in bright, indirect sunlight for optimal vibrant blooms, and place it somewhere that’s not accessible to pets or small children. The Wandering Jew plant looks great in a hanging basket or stands where it can show off its vining growth habit, and unique foliage.


Hardiness Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 6 to 8 Inches
Mature Width: 36 to 40 Inches
Classification: Colorful foliage
Sunlight: Bright, indirect light to full sun (if outdoors)
Habit: Vine
Flower Color: Small purple flowers occasionally
Foliage: Purple, green, pink, and silver
Soil Condition: Likes to dry out occasionally
Water Requirements: Likes to dry out between watering
Uses: Excellent as a border or in a container or hanging basket, inside or out
Growzone: 9-11 Wandering Jew Plant Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Wandering Jew Plant

Before you buy a Wandering Jew plant, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

What is the best light for Wandering Jew Plants?

What is the best light for Wandering Jew Plants?

Wandering Jew Plants need bright, indirect light from a windowsill. Place your plant in a north or east-facing window to help enhance its vibrant foliage. Outside, Wandering Jew Plants don'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.

How do I fertilize Wandering Jew Plants?

How do I fertilize Wandering Jew Plants?

Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Wandering Jew Plants.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. Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting.

How do I water variegated Wandering Jew Plants?

How do I water variegated Wandering Jew Plants?

Wandering Jew Plants like 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. We recommend watering weekly during the summer, and less frequently in the winter.

What is the best soil for purple Wandering Jew Plants?

What is the best soil for purple Wandering Jew Plants?

Wandering Jew Plants need 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.


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