The Q&A Archives: Wandering Jew

Question: I recently got a Wandering Jew but the leaves seem to be crispy and the plant all together doesn't seem as full. Am I underwatering? Does it need to be near less sun or more sun?

Answer: Tradescantia, your Wandering Jew, likes average household temperatures, bright light (with some direct sunlight), and lots of water spring - autumn, but little water during the winter. Mist the leaves occasionally to increase humidity around the plant. If your plant has spindly growth and crispy leaves, increase the humidity by misting each day. You can cut back the straggly growth and it will produce new stems and foliage. Once you correct the environmental conditions your plant should rebound. You can start a new plant by simply cutting a healthy stem and rooting it in plain water.

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