Growing"Wandering Jew" - Knowledgebase Question

Voorhees, NJ
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Question by KimberlyDom8
September 10, 1998
Sorry, but I don't know the proper name for the "Wandering Jew", but it is my favorite plant and I don't know what the plant likes. Full sun, indirect sun, lots of water, little water, is cool temps OK, etc. Please tell me the proper name of this plant and it's ideal environment?

Answer from NGA
September 10, 1998
There are several warm climate varieties of Tradescantia known by the common name "Wandering Jew". These are tropical plants and are among the easiest (least demanding) houseplants. Average home temperatures are fine but it is happy down to about 50 degrees, light from full to part sun is acceptable, and watering is needed when the top of the soil dries out. New plants can easily be started from tip cuttings during the spring or summer. Enjoy your plant!

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