name: "Zebrina Wandering Jew"
Latin name: Tradescantia zebrina - synonym Zebrina
to: Southern Mexico.
Growth habit: A trailing ground cover.
Flowers: Yes, small lavender three petal
Temps: Normal indoor temps
Humidity: Not critical. Pests: Not effected by many
pests, but watch for aphids.
8" Zebrina Wandering Jew
information: Once very popular in the late 70's to
early 80's... "Zebrina Wandering Jew" is gaining in popularity
Place your plant in bright indirect or filtered light. Early
morning and late day sunshine is ok. If only one side of the plant
is getting light... rotate your plant every few days. It may be
difficult to feel the soil for moisture... so we'll water this
plant by weight and color. When your "Zebrina Wandering
Jew" looses some of it's color and starts to appear droopy...
it's time to water. Note the weight of the plant when you first
purchased it, check your plant every few days noting the weight...
when the plant is light... it's time to water. Feed your plant
monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Cuttings are very east
to root. Place them in water or pot them in good quality potting
soil. Cuttings can also be laid on top of moist potting soil to
start a new plant.
"Zebrina Wandering Jews" are available as small
starter plants in 3" and 4" pots, 6" upright
plants, and several sizes of hanging baskets. Look
here... for a variegated "Wandering Jew".