Wandering Jew, scientifically known as Tradescantia zebrina, is a beautiful and easy-to-grow plant that can be propagated easily. If you have a wandering jew plant in your garden or indoor space and want to start new plants from it, then read on for our step-by-step guide on how to propagate this lovely plant.
1. Choose the right time
The best time to propagate wandering jew is during its growing season, which runs from spring through summer. During this period, the mother plant will be actively producing new growth that can be used for propagation.
To begin propagation of your wandering jew, take cuttings of 3-4 inches long shoots with at least two leaves each using a clean pair of scissors or pruning shears. It’s important to ensure that there are no signs of pests or diseases on the cutting before proceeding.
3. Prepare your soil
You can use potting soil or perlite mixed with peat moss for propagating your wandering jew cuttings. The soil should be moist but not soggy; therefore make sure you water it before planting the cuttings.
Once you’ve prepared the soil in small containers (preferably 6-inch plastic pots), poke holes into it and insert each cutting about half an inch deep into the hole while making sure that all nodes are covered by soil properly without any air pockets remaining around them.
5.Care & Maintenance
After planting your cuttings gently press down around them so they stand upright and cover them with clear plastic bags (you may also use glass jars). Place these containers in bright light but away from direct sunlight till roots form over several weeks/months depending upon temperature/humidity conditions – keep checking regularly if more moisture is needed otherwise remove excess humidity by opening up container briefly once daily if possible – also monitor watering needs closely since more frequent thorough soakings will likely become necessary than for mature plants, but don’t overwater.
6. Propagation process complete
Congratulations! Your wandering jew cuttings have successfully rooted and are now ready to be transplanted into individual pots. You can also choose to plant them in a hanging basket or container garden for easy care and maintenance.
Propagating your wandering jew is an inexpensive way of adding new plants to your indoor or outdoor space. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll soon have more beautiful wandering jews growing around you. Remember always that while caring for the mother plant, make sure it gets sufficient sunlight, water, fertilizer and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures or drafts as this could cause damage – which may in turn negatively impact any future propagations too if left unchecked until spread out via root systems throughout potting soil mixture become established properly as expected after several weeks/months depending on conditions. Good luck & happy gardening!