How To Propagate Wandering Jew (Inch Plant)

How To Propagate Wandering Jew At Home (Inch Plant)

Wandering Jew, Tradescantia Zebrina, or Inch Plant, is renowned for its lovely purple and silver-striped foliage. This beautiful houseplant can survive any indoor environment. Besides being attractive and low-maintenance, it is really simple to propagate wandering jew at home. This article will walk you through the steps for propagating wandering jew plants.

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    How to propagate wandering jew plants

    The most efficient technique to propagate Wandering Jew plant is stem cutting. Stem cutting is not as challenging as it might sound. All you need to do is to take a cutting from your existing plant and allow it to establish roots so it can develop into a new plant.

    There are two simple methods for propagating wandering Jew plants. These techniques are as below:

    1. Propagating Wandering Jew in water (the best method)
    2. Propagating Wandering Jew in soil

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    Tools and equipment requirements

    With the proper equipment, propagation will be more straightforward, and your cuttings will grow more successfully. Tools required for propagating wandering jew plants include:

    Where to take a stem cutting

    Cut the stem of your Wandering Jew right below a growth node using cutting shears or clean houseplant scissors. Using clean, sharp tools lessens the possibility of your stem rotting.

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    Propagating Wandering Jew in Water

    One of the most conventional techniques of plant propagation is water-based propagation. For plants with thick stems, like the wandering Jew plant, it works pretty well. To propagate wandering jew plant via the water-based technique, you need to take the following steps: 

    Step 1: 

    Cut healthy stems of your plant into 4- to 6-inch lengths. Do the cutting at a 45-degree angle just beneath a leaf node with a clean, sharp blade or a pair of scissors. Remove the lowest pair of leaves on each stem. 

    Optional: Dip the fresh cutting’s clean edge into the rooting hormone.

    Step 2: 

    Ensure that the lower leaf node is submerged when you immerse your cuttings in water. Keep the glass container under bright light. New roots should begin to appear in a week or so.

     Step 3: 

    Plant your cuttings in an all-purpose potting mix after about two weeks of keeping the plants in water (or at least until the new roots are a few inches long)

    Propagating Wandering Jew in water

    Propagating Wandering Jew in Soil

    Plant propagation in damp soil is a successful method that can produce similar outcomes. However, It is a little challenging. To propagate wandering jew plant via the wet soil technique, you need to take the following steps: 

    Step 1: 

    Make multiple cuts at the ends of the branches using a clean, sharp blade. Aim to create a slight 45-degree angle under a leaf node. The cuts should be between four and six inches long. Remove the lowest pair of leaves on each stem. 

    Optional: Dip the fresh cutting’s clean edge into the rooting hormone.

    Step 2: 

    Make some holes equally spaced around the pot, about 2 inches deep, and insert one cutting into each one. To secure the stems, gently rub the soil over them.

    Step 3: 

    Regularly water your cuttings to moisten the soil evenly.

    Step 4: 

    Last but not least, put the plant in a spot with lots of indirect light. You will have a brand-new plant with glossy green leaves in a few months.

    Propagating Wandering Jew in Soil

    After Rooting

    The Wandering Jew thrives in rooms that are between 55- and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with moderate to bright light. You should water the plant when the topsoil seems dry. Never leave the pot stand in water after watering since the plant will likely rot in moist soil. Instead, let the container drain properly after watering.  

    Regular fertilization is good for Wandering Jew plants. Every month, fertilize the freshly rooted plant with a water-soluble fertilizer. When the plant is well-established, you can feed it more frequently. At this stage, you can fertilize the plant once every other week in the spring and summer and once a month in the fall and winter.

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    Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

    If you choose to propagate wandering jew in water, you will start to notice new root growth within a week. Your stem will develop a strong set of roots after two weeks.

    The suggested technique is propagation from a stem. Although leaf propagation is possible, it is much more challenging to grow a healthy wandering Jew plant from a leaf than from a stem.

    Stem cutting is the best method for multiplying Wandering Jew plants. Take stem cuttings from an existing plant, and you can grow them in soil or water.

    Always cut below the node while propagating plants. By doing this, the node will begin developing roots when the cutting is propagated. This is effective for both water and soil-based propagation method.

    If there are no nodes on the plant, you can achieve a similar result by incision beneath the most recent leaf.

    The lowest portion of the stem immersed in soil or water should not have any leaves on it. If leaves are on the lower stem, they will rot during propagation and make the cutting unviable.

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