Plant Care Mexican wandering Jew

Mexican wandering Jew

About Mexican wandering Jew

Spotted Widow's Tears is a mound-forming perennial native to Mexico in the spiderwort family. The attractive gray-green leaves are broadly lance-shaped and purple-spotted with wiry, purple stems bearing mauve to lavender three-petaled flowers from summer into autumn. The flowers are self-fertile and they will self-seed in the garden.


Tinantia pringlei

How to care for Mexican wandering Jew


How often to water your Mexican wandering Jew

Water needs for Mexican wandering Jew
0.5 cups
every 9

Mexican wandering Jew needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Mexican wandering Jew

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Mexican wandering Jew in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Mexican wandering Jew: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Mexican wandering Jew love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Mexican wandering Jew does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Mexican wandering Jew

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Mexican wandering Jew: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Mexican wandering Jew after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Mexican wandering Jew is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Mexican wandering Jew

Mexican wandering Jew

Mexican wandering Jew

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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