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Cocoa
Jun 2, 2018 6:54 PM CST
Hi! I just found this site today while looking for help for my favorite plant. Ive had this guy for over 6 years now. It barely makes it through the winter but then perks up when i put it out for the summer. This year though it looks very thin, weak and straggly. I dont even know what it is or what to do for it but i just love it so and I'm hoping i can find out how to care for it. Thank you for any help and advice.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jun 2, 2018 6:59 PM CST
Hi! You have aTradescantia Purple Heart
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MindiHammerstone
Jun 2, 2018 7:27 PM CST
Hi there and welcome Welcome! ,

I love that plant!! No idea how to care for it but Iam interested!!

Glad you have found us, this place is fun!!

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Name: Sharon Rose
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Altheabyanothername
Jun 2, 2018 7:48 PM CST
Hi Cocoa! Welcome!

Tara is correct on her plant ID. Thumbs up Here in my zone Purple Heart grows extremely well and would be considered invasive. The reason I said that is because its tendency is to really grow fast and spread. I think it is root bound and needing a bigger pot. Another solution to keep it in its current container would be to divide it. Then you have multiple plants to keep or share with family or friends. I grow it in a container here to keep it contained. It is very easy to propagate. Let it lay over another pot, put something on it to make it stay in contact with the soil. It will root before you know it.

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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jun 2, 2018 8:22 PM CST
I agree And I find that they really love full sun! Even where I am in fl they thrive and get a really dark purple, blooming profusely in bright, full sun.
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jun 2, 2018 8:26 PM CST
I'd give you a link to this plant in our database, but haven't been able to figure how to do that from my phone. *Blush* You can type in the name in the database and get all the pertinent info.
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Cocoa
Jun 2, 2018 9:27 PM CST
Thank you all so much! It is very tight in its pot so i think i will try to repot it as soon as this crazy nj weather gets nice. I'm going to try growing new plants the way that was suggested too. Thanks again!
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 2, 2018 9:32 PM CST
I have it in the blazing hot Arizona sun next to a pool. It does fine even when the temperature is 120. Rabbits do like to nibble on it but it grows so well that it really doesn't matter that they snack on it.
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Jun 2, 2018 10:27 PM CST
My gosh, 120 and I complain when it gets 100 and is windy. Wow super hot 😮!!!

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plantmanager
Jun 2, 2018 10:31 PM CST
The worst I remember was 122. It's been getting worse every summer, so I have a feeling they'll be seeing that again one of these days.
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kniphofia
Jun 2, 2018 10:56 PM CST
Taking cuttings will rejuvinate your plant and also act as insurance against losing your original one.

Cut off stem tips about 3-6 inches long below a node. They will root in compost or water but keep them slightly shaded at this time.
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plantmanager
Jun 2, 2018 10:59 PM CST
That's a good idea, Sue. They root very easily either way.
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Cocoa
Jun 2, 2018 11:15 PM CST
So just so I'm ckear, the long straggly ones should be cut back and the pieces that i cut off are what i will root?
Name: Tamara
Fresno County, California (Zone 9b)
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Jun 3, 2018 2:07 AM CST
You should have no trouble at all rooting the pieces that you cut off. In the 60s and 70s it seemed that nearly every house in California had wandering Jew growing somewhere (either the purple or the plain green variety). The plant in my neighbors yard was used as a border. They pruned it like a short privet bush. It must have been at least 1 1/2 foot tall by 3 feet wide by 15 - 20 foot long. It was huge.
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kniphofia
Jun 3, 2018 2:35 AM CST
Yes Tamara you can cut off a stem right back to the level of the pot. Above a node will mean it will grow again from that point (the main plant). With the long cutting you can cut that into pieces about 4 inches long, cutting below the nodes, and that way you will rejuvinate the main plant, making it bushier and also have a number of new plants which will form roots.
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sallyg
Jun 3, 2018 6:51 AM CST
Dittoing, to kniphophia, sort of, I would take cuttings, start as many smaller new ones as you want, and discard the old root ball. It would look brighter, more purple, more leaves and less 'viney', even bloom, if it gets all the light it likes.
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WillC
Jun 3, 2018 8:38 AM CST
I agree with Sue. All it needs is a good pruning to get it back to looking decent again. It doesn't need a new pot, but it will need regular watering especially if you keep it outside in the sun.
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Name: Lori
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Raedilly
Jun 9, 2018 12:16 PM CST
You should fertilize the plant once every month while it's actively growing. You can apply a general-purpose dry or liquid fertilizer according to the fertilizer's instructions. Water immediately after applying fertilizer. Good luck!
Name: Suri
Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
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Suriah387
Jun 9, 2018 1:29 PM CST
I got excited when I saw your comment's title, I just had a feeling you had a Bob, too.

I spent years wondering what Bob was, but he moved all around town with me. And when I left the state I took little Bob cuttings with me to start new Bobs. The main plant stayed with my parents for a few years.
When I moved back to Denver he was getting scraggly, with some of those long thin stems like you described. Last August I repotted him into a pretty new container and gave him a haircut (funny thing: I actually found his original pot tag with the old name and info! It had been there the whole time, just buried!) . He is now growing with renewed vigor in my new house Hurray!

Bob is pretty much the reason I became obsessed with houseplants. I love giving friends stems, either for water or in little pots. I usually have a few decorative stems growing around the house in small containers. The more sun, the better, but he can't stay outside here. He also doesn't really flower here, although I actually saw a few flowers on a new Bob when I lived in New York. I assume it is the humidity?

I'm so glad you were able to get info from the helpful people here! I'm sure your Bob will appreciate a little TLC and be happy again! Hurray!
New Jersey
Cocoa
Aug 12, 2018 9:54 AM CST
Update!! Thank you all so much for your help and advice. This is my guy now, after a good trim. I was too afraid to repot him tho, but the soil seems very hard. So far so good tho!
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