tradescantia zebrina – wandering jew, inch plant

the native to mexico tradescantia zebrina is commonly known as wandering jew or inch plant. the easy to care for houseplant is available in different cultivars, with white, cream or purple variegated leaves. it’s suitable for hanging pots.


tradescantia zebrina does best if located bright but protected from afternoon sun during summer. some morning and/or evening sun is fine.

it can be grown in a standard potting mix which has to be kept evenly moist but not wet. sitting in water can cause rot. the drying of the soil’s surface is ok. if the leaves start to loose color it’s time to water.

a half diluted water soluble fertilizer can be given monthly in spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter (if placed at room temperature).

tradescantia zebrina can be grown at room temperature throughout the year but also can be placed between 15-18 °c/59-64 °f in wintertime. at this temperature range it needs to be less watered, a fertilizer must not be given. but even now, the soil shouldn’t dry completely.

tradescantia zebrina


propagation of tradescantia zebrina is easy and can be done with cuttings.