Tradescantia zebrina - Wandering Dude

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Gorgeous colours! Super purple! Very easy to care for.


Tradescantia zebrina                     

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Common Names: Wandering Dude, Wandering Jew, Inch Plant, Cockroach Grass, Striped Trad, Striped Wandering Creeper, Purple Zebra Plant

Family: Commelinaceae

Origin: Central America to Southern Mexico

Growth: Trailing vine

Light: Bright, filtered

Foot Candles: 100 - 200

Water: Keep evenly moist

Humidity: Not required

Temperature: 13°C - 35°C

Soil: Regular potting mix

Container: Hanging basket, self-watering planter, living wall

Nutrients: 10-10-10 Monthly 

Propagation: Cuttings

Interiorscape Use: Filler plant, trailer, living walls, low-maintenance

Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.

Common Issues: Root rot when sitting in water. Leaves will crisp with too much light. Plant may lose vibrant colour with insufficient light. 

Comments: One of the easiest plants to propagate. Typically grown for the foliage but can still flower indoors with small, bright purple flowers. The horticultural community is moving away from the common name ‘Wandering Jew’ in favour of either ‘Inch Plant’ or ‘Wandering Dude.’ The name ‘Inch Plant’ is derived from the  fact that the plants leaf nodes are exactly one inch apart.

Toxicity: Safe.