Trandescantia Zebrina (Spiderwort)


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Tradescantia zebrina is prized for its easy care nature and colourful foliage of silver, purple and green to brighten up any room as a hanging or trailing indoor plant.

The common name of Wandering Jew is derived from the its ability to easily root and thrive in different environments. Tradescantia zebrina is part of the Spiderwort family and is also known as Zebrina pendula or the Inch Plant.


Light: Thrives in bright to medium light conditions. To maintain the most striking colours give it bright diffused light

Watering: Water well during the growing season and allow to dry out between watering. If the plant sits in wet soil for long periods it will cause root rot. Reduce the amount of watering in winter.

Fertilizer: Apply a weak general purpose fertiliser during the summer.

Temperature: Happy in normal room temperatures from 10-24°C.

Toxicity: Mildly toxic to pets

Humidity: Prefers increased levels of humidity but will tolerate normal conditions.

Pests: Houseplant pests aren’t usually an issue when growing Spiderwort outdoors, but they can become a problem on plants indoors. Spider mites, aphids and soil gnats are the most common insect pests that tend to attack Spiderwort.

Diseases: Wandering Jew is prone to suffering from root rot if it is taking in too much water. It could be taking in too much water if you water too much or cultivate it in soil with high water retention.

Soil: The idea is to use soil that contains a lot of organic matter to grow the Spiderwort Plant. That is not so say it will not do well if you choose to use a regular houseplant compost mix. It just grows better when it has a lot of organic matter to draw from.

Pot size: For one thing, you should do it no more frequently than once a year. It is best that you give this perennial herbaceous plant’s roots enough time to grow. As a reminder, it is not as if the Wandering Jew plant will die if you do not re-pot it. It is built to survive almost anything longer than most other houseplants once planted.

Pruning: The invasive nature of this ornamental plant makes it necessary for every gardener to be prepared for pruning if they decide to grow it either indoors or outdoors. This is due to the presence of so many short joints on its limbs that compel the stem to grow in different directions. When pruning, take care to slice off the stems to the point where you will be able to pinch off the stem tips. This will ensure that the upcoming shoots, usually two in the case of the Spiderwart Plant, will grow to give the plant a wider appearance overall.

CAUTION: Mildly toxic to pets.

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