Houseplants forum: Wandering Dude (Tradescantia zebrina)

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Faridat
Nov 7, 2017 3:11 AM CST
Wandering Jew being a terrible name for a plant and has always made me feel uncomfortable, so it's Wandering Dude to me. I have got myself a hanging basket of a Wandering dude zebrina type. Mixed info about its watering needs. "When in growth, keep soil moist. From onwards, only water through dry weather". But I had done this with a purple heart, which is pretty much the same thing imo, and it became leggy and not so beautiful. How often do you water yours when indoors? *My zebrina is a purpurea type, not the green white, but the purple striped.
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sallyg
Nov 7, 2017 6:45 AM CST
I like it! I grow the purple and silver striped 'Dude' in some of my big potted plants outside for summer, sun for several hours a day. Last fall I potted some for indoors, in an office setting. Lowlight plants do fine there. It grew but wasn't as pretty and had lots of random dry leaves. Could have been not enough time to adapt to its pots before then trying to like the indoors. It rebounded again when it went back out. From two scraggly six inch pots , to overflowing a couple 12 to 15 inch pots.
What was the question? sorry. Outside in sun this year it seemed bulletproof. Never really looked stressed. We had pretty decent rain and it probably got watered, however I do think at times the pots got pretty dry too.
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Faridat
Nov 7, 2017 7:48 AM CST
Hey @sallyg! Thank you for your answer. I like it too! I love all this kind type of plants like the inch plant that can do well in baskets and grow so much in the right conditions! Thus the watering issue. It has well draining soil and I'm not thinking even of repotting it now, waiting it to adapt to its new environment etc. It's beautiful and very vibrant, I am going to hang it in a bright position so it can maintain the colors!
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WillC
Nov 7, 2017 9:44 AM CST
As with most plants, proper watering depends on the available light (primarily), the porosity of the potting mix and the size of the pot, secondarily.
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Faridat
Nov 7, 2017 10:46 AM CST
@WillC! Thank You! I hope it thrives, it's in such a great shape now.
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Frenchy21
Nov 7, 2017 2:31 PM CST
Inside, my 'Dudes" get dry very quickly in indirect bright light from west and south windows. If I forget to water, the leaves dry up very quickly. Just need to check them at least weekly with finger test. nodding
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Faridat
Nov 7, 2017 2:49 PM CST
That is very helpful to me @Frenchy21, my plant also gets indirect bright light, thank you for your answer!
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AlyssaBlue
Nov 10, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Wandering Jew has been the plants name for a very long time. I found no history of it ever being offensive, it is more descriptive, so no need for political correctness. It wanders, like a nomad. And as Sally mentioned, it's a beautiful plant and is very hearty.

I think it's a compliment actually- the beautiful strong nomad.
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plantmanager
Nov 10, 2017 12:45 PM CST
I feel the same way. I think the political correctness has gone way over the top now. In my home city, our Squaw Peak that towered over my home has been renamed. To me it'll always be Squaw Peak.
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Faridat
Nov 11, 2017 7:29 AM CST
I have actually read people getting offended and expressing it, with a thorough search you could find it also, so it's not based just on some highly personal level of correctedness. Thus, still Dudes to me, to each her own though. I only spoke for myself, and the way it makes ME feel, but, with a relatively easy search one could find about the underlying notion of the eternal wanderer as a condemnation, not a strong figure of a nomad. Names can change, they are not made of granite, and not meant to be eternal. One has the right to use the ones she perceives as neutral. You can also find videos on youtube, with people renaming the plant when describing it.
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Hamwild
Nov 11, 2017 7:50 AM CST
I don't know why, but my Mom said she's always been told that the plant is bad luck. I don't know if it has to do with the name or something else, but even then, the name always made me a little uncomfortable (and I don't consider myself easily offended).
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purpleinopp
Nov 11, 2017 10:32 AM CST
I saw someone using "wandering jewel" elsewhere today. I like that. The glittery leaves do like they have tiny jewels in them.
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sallyg
Nov 11, 2017 3:12 PM CST
jewel may have been accidental but it is a nice fix Thumbs up
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AlyssaBlue
Nov 11, 2017 5:33 PM CST
I just read up on Squaw Peak. That stinks. Whoever is doing that is part of the group trying to erase our history. I don't understand why that is allowed.
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plantmanager
Nov 11, 2017 5:46 PM CST
It really bothered us, but it didn't matter. They are changing a lot of school names, school mascots, sports teams, etc.
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