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May 21, 2018 5:12 PM CST
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Hi, I just got my first wandering jew. unfortunately one of my cats got to one of the leafs and bit into it. it seems the leaf is dying. how do I safely remove the leaf ? just the whole leaf? or leaf and stem? where do I make the cut? is there a certain way to cut it? please answer with details as I am quite new to gardening altogether. my wandering jew is potted. thank you. Melissa.
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May 21, 2018 8:03 PM CST
Name: Christine
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I just use my finger nails and snip the leaf off right at the stem. My cat's love to eat my leaves so I have to keep it where they can't get to it.
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May 22, 2018 12:52 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Hi & welcome! What Christine described will work, but if you happen to be someone who is sensitive to the sap inside Tradescantia plants, you would want to use scissors. If you do get the sap on your skin, just wash it off with soap & cool water, not hot.
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May 22, 2018 1:10 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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You didn't specify which Wandering Jew plant you are growing but just be aware that the sap of some, like Wandering Jew a/k/a Inch Plant (Tradescantia fluminensis) can also cause dermatitis in cats and dogs.

Here's the listing for that one at the ASPCA poisonous plant page: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care...
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May 22, 2018 9:19 PM CST
Name: Christine
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Tiffany, I did not know that!
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May 23, 2018 6:16 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL @--`--,----- 🌹 (Zone 8b)
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It took me about 3 years to figure out why I kept "getting poison ivy" even though I knew I had not been anywhere near any of it. ...I was constantly propagating Tradescantias!
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