What is a Wandering Jew Plant?
The Wandering Jew Plant, also known as Tradescantia fluminensis, is a flowering plant native to South America. It’s an evergreen perennial with three-petaled flowers and trailing stems that can reach up to 3 feet long. The leaves are ovate in shape and are colored purple, green or variegated with both colors. This plant is often used for decoration in homes, gardens and flower beds due to its attractive foliage.
Why Propagate the Wandering Jew Plant?
Propagation of the wandering jew plant is a great way to increase your collection of these plants without having to buy them from a nursery or garden center. Plus, propagating your own plants gives you more control over their conditions which can lead to healthier growth overall. Additionally, it’s always fun experimenting with propagation methods so why not give this one a try?
How To Propagate A Wandering Jew Plant
Propagating wandering jew plants requires patience but the process itself isn’t too difficult – here’s how:
1. Start by snipping off sections of stem from healthy looking parts of an existing plant (make sure each section has at least one node). Avoid cutting any diseased parts away because they will likely cause problems later on for your newly propagated plants.
2. Dip each cut end into some rooting hormone powder before burying it into well-draining soil (the rooting hormone helps speed up the propagation process). Make sure you press down lightly on each stem section after you’ve buried them so they don’t pop back out if watered too heavily afterwards!
3. Water regularly – keep soil moist but not soggy – until you see new shoots emerge from the buried stems which usually takes around 4 weeks depending on how warm/humid conditions are in your area during this time period (a greenhouse would be ideal!).
4 . Once those new shoots appear start providing extra nutrients such as fish emulsion or other fertilizer specifically formulated for houseplants every few weeks during their first growing season; once established these little guys won’t need much additional fertilizing aside from occasional watering sessions when necessary!
5 . When temperatures begin cooling off at night make sure you bring your freshly propagated wandering jew plants indoors before frost sets in! During winter months provide plenty of indirect light near bright windowsills etc., reducing waterings slightly until springtime rolls around again when normal care can resume outdoors again if desired…that’s all there is too it!
Good luck & happy gardening 🙂