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.
Your Tradescantia Zebrina requires bright, indirect light. If the light is too dim, the leaf stripings will fade.
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.
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.
Tradescantia Zebrinas prefer average to warm temperatures of 55–80 degrees during the day and above 50 degrees at night.
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.
Your Tradescantia Zebrina is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion may cause mouth and stomach irritation.
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.