Wandering Jew

A cute houseplant or a weed, depending where you live !
Common name : Wandering Jew
Scientific name : Tradescantia fluminensis
Family : Commelinaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Tradescantia fluminensis is a species in the family Commelinaceae native to South America, and grown as a garden plant or houseplant but also considered a noxious weed in many places such as Australia, New Zealand and the southeastern United States. It is a perennial ground cover that spreads along the ground with soft, hairless stems and oval, dark-green leaves with pointed tips, and white flowers in small clusters in summer.

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Caracteristics

Exposition
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 9a
Height 15 - 20
pH 6 - 7

Identify my wandering jew

Spiedrwort is a compact, evergreen creeping perennial. Its leaves reach 15 centimeters, are lanceolate, pointed. The flowers have three petals, and depending on the cultivar they are green or variegated with white or cream shape. The 65 species of the genus Tradescantia are native to America, evergreens, perennials and almost all fear the cold. The exception is the hybrid T x. Andersoniana.

Plant my wandering jew

In pots, plant in a mix of loam and compost on a bed of gravel. Choose a container measures at least 20 cm wide, and that is rather deep, to store water as long as possible. Place it in the light but protected from direct sun.

Water my wandering jew

Spiderworts like water, so water every two days the first month, then twice a week during the rest of the growing season. In winter, space the waterings.

Fertilize my wandering jew

In pots, replace the top soil layer in March with some compost. You can also give them some nettle manure diluted by 1/10 every two weeks.

Propagate my wandering jew

To propagate our spiderworts you can easily cut a part of the tuft with a spade and replant it in another pot. It is better to do it in the spring or fall.

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