How to care for your Tradescantia Zebrina

Use these instructions to care for a Tradescantia Zebrina plant. This guide will tell you how to water your Tradescantia Zebrina, its light, temperature, and humidity preferences, and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

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LIGHT

Your Tradescantia Zebrina requires bright, indirect light. If the light is too dim, the leaf stripings will fade.

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WATER

Keep the soil moist, as it is best not to let your Wandering Jew become too dry. Water when the top inch of soil is dry and be sure to water the soil underneath the leaves. Don’t worry if you forget once in a while—it will occasionally tolerate a missed watering. Look out for drooping yellow leaves, they are a symptom of too much water.

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HUMIDITY

Your bathroom or kitchen would be a great choice for your Tradescantia Zebrina because it does best in a slightly more humid environment. Feel free to mist your plant frequently. If the humidity is too low the leaves will start to brown.

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TEMPERATURE

Tradescantia Zebrinas prefer average to warm temperatures of 55–80 degrees during the day and above 50 degrees at night.

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FOOD

Feed monthly in the spring through fall with a general purpose indoor plant fertilizer at half strength. Before applying fertilizer in any form, make sure the soil is damp.

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TOXICITY

Tradescantia Zebrina are non-toxic to people and pets.

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ADDITIONAL CARE

Pinching back the long vines encourages branching and increases the fullness of the plant. To do this, simply ‘pinch’ off at a joint or at the tender new growth at the end of the stem. To do this, simply ‘pinch’ off at a joint or at the tender new growth at the end of the stem.

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If the vines of your Tradescantia Zebrina become too long, simply trim with sharp, clean scissors and place the trimmed end back into the soil. Roots will develop on the newly trimmed vine and your plant will fill out!
- Plant Mom
Tradescantia Zebrina

Tradescantia Zebrina

Eye-catching, with purple, vining leaves
very easy, perfect for beginners, bright indirect light

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