Wandering Jews, also called spiderworts, are valued for the stripes of white, green, silver, and purple colors of their foliage. They have trailing vines that flow from their 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°F.
Water completely and allow the soil to dry partially before watering again. This plant doesn’t like to dry out, but it also doesn’t like to be constantly wet.
You can water less during the winter months during the plant’s resting period.
Provide fertilizer twice a month in the spring and summer.
Aphids tend to be a problem on the stems and leaves. To get rid of them, pinch off the infected stems and spray the plant with water.
Wandering Jew can easily be propagated by cuttings. Snip off a piece of the plant (the cutting should ideally be 3–4 inches long) and place the cut end in water. In about a week or less, the cutting should produce roots. A week or so later, plant the cutting in a pot according to the planting guidelines above.
Tradescantia zebrina ‘Tricolor’ (pictured at the top of this page) has beautiful purple and green leaves with shiny silver stripes.
Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’ has fuzzy, purple foliage.