Having a wandering jew plant is the best way to show off your gardening skills, even if you’re a beginner.
How do we know that?
Because that’s what we did!
And now that we are gardening experts, we can tell you for sure that the wandering jew plant is a great option if you are just starting to explore the world of indoor gardening. It is beautiful, easy to find, and even easier to care for.
With the right techniques, you can turn it into the center of attention on your indoor garden in no time.
And if you are a pro gardener, we also have some tips for you. Because with wandering jew, the possibilities for more creative gardening are endless, so read on and get inspired.
Can Plants Stay Indoors Too?
Plants are not only meant to stay in the outdoors: indoor gardening is definitely a thing.
Using plants to decorate your home is a great idea for when you don’t have a lot of outdoor space or if you don’t want to break the bank with more expensive decorative items.
The wandering jew plant is the perfect solution, because it’s beautiful, simple, low-maintenance, and you can find it in every gardening store for very low prices.
So let’s get to know it better and learn some basic facts.
Wandering Jew Plant Fun Facts
You probably already know how it looks like, but just in case, let’s do a reminder: the most common type of wandering jew plant has green heart-shaped leaves with purple and silver streaks of color.
But of course, there are other types, because it comes from a family of plants called the Tradescantia.
These plants are very common and very cheap because they are extremely they have the ability to spread (or wander around) over large spaces of land in a very short time. This is good news for gardeners and growers because they generally use it as a filling for landscaping.
And it’s also good news for you! It means growing it will be easy. If you have never grown a plant before, this is the perfect opportunity to put your gardening skills to the test without being too worried about harming the plant too much.
Let’s say you already have your wandering jew plant. Do you know what it needs to thrive? Surprisingly, it’s not too much and caring for your plant will not be complicated.
How to Take Care of your Wandering Jew Plant
Plants need three basic things to survive and grow: sunlight, water and moisture, and soil.
Some types of plants may not need that much sunlight and others may be able to grow in extremely dry conditions, but generally, the best way to care for your plants is to keep a good balance of these three things: not too much but not too little.
Your plant will grow better if it receives indirect sunlight. Putting it on the shade next to any window will do just fine. If you want to put it outside, it will also grow without any problems, but remember to bring it indoors for colder seasons.
Once you find the right corner of your house, the sun will take care of the rest. All you have to do is water it regularly. Again, there’s no need to do it everyday, because what the plant really needs is a moderate level of moisture.
Checking every other day should be enough to keep the soil humid. Just make sure you don’t drown the plant in water!
These are the basics for taking care of your plant. If everything goes well and it’s easy enough for you, then we have next-level advice for growing your own plants and turning it into the center of attention.
How to Grow Your Own Wandering Jew Plant
Did you get wandering jew plant fever and want to have more than one?
Don’t run to the store just yet
You can grow new plants from the one you already have at home. And it’s as easy as taking care of it. Remember that what the plant does best is wander around, so all you need to do is cut the long shoots or legs at the base of the buds.
Where to Plant Them
Put them into fresh soil and you will see a new plant growing in just a few weeks. The best thing about this is that there are no seeds involved – no need to buy new supplies. One plant can turn into as many as you want just by using this technique.
You could also put the legs you cut in a glass of water. They will root in a short time, and you get to watch the process before transferring them to a pot.
Crop ‘Em, Train ‘Em, and Get Creative!
Of course, it’s also important to crop your plant every once in a while, but this is not mandatory. If you decide to do it, you might as well get creative and consider all the decoration possibilities.
You can train your plant to grow in a certain shape or direction of you want! This is ideal for indoor gardening or decorating a space of your home.
All you need to do is place the plant near a surface it can hold onto. As you trim the branches, try to tweak them into the surface you want them to cover, and they will hold on to it as they grow.
If you have a hanging pot, a great idea is to stick metal chords into the soil and shape them in the direction you want your plant to grow. It will naturally hold on to the chords and you will end up with a plant with an even more beautiful shape.
Wandering jew plants are all about experimenting and having fun.
But sometimes, your plant may need some extra help, and you need to be able to recognize the symptoms.
So how can you know if there is something wrong with your plant?
How to Spot Wandering Jew Plant Problems
Your plant may seem fine, but sometimes there are small changes in its appearance that are actually a cry for help. Learning to fix plant problems fast is an important skill. Here’s what you need to be aware of:
Even if it’s a slight change of color, this means that your wandering jew plant is not getting enough moisture.
This is very common especially during the winter, so don’t worry. Make sure the soil is humid and check every other day. And if you see brown leaves in the center of the plant, it means it’s aging. What you can do is grow new plants around it to spread it evenly across the garden.
This can be caused by either too much light or not enough. How to be sure? Stand in the place where the plant is and think about how would you feel if you spent a whole day there without moving. It may sound crazy, but you will almost automatically know whether you would be too exposed to the sun or not.
If your plant looks dull and is not growing much, it may be because it is not getting enough (or too much) moisture or sunlight. The best way to care for your plant is to pay attention and move it around the house until you find the perfect spot. It will get better in a short time and you will definitely notice.
Generally, these are problems common to indoor plants. It is easier to grow plants in a garden because Mother Nature does her job really well, but indoor plants depend on you much more.
And this is actually a good thing! Taking care of indoor plants can be a very rewarding experience, and even more if you decide to start growing them. It’s a hobby that you can share with family and friends, and it’s a great activity for kids.
Experience the Beauty of Wandering Plants
Wandering jew plants are the perfect candidates to start your gardening journey or finding new and creative ways to keep it going. And if you don’t have a big garden, these kind of plants are the best option to keep your home green and get in touch with nature.
And they are great gifts too! Because they are so easy to grow, you can gift them to your fellow gardener enthusiast friends and save them some money. They will definitely love you for it.
So go ahead and get a wandering jew plant. And if you already have it, try growing a new one. And if you already did, give them away to anyone who likes them. The world needs more plants and better oxygen, and you will definitely have fun with it.