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Posted 2M ago by @compostbandit

Help reviving my Tradescantia zebrina

Both my wandering Jew plants died right around the same time as each other, and I saved some cuttings to propagate, some of which I've planted already but does anyone have tips for making sure it survives?
1ft to light, direct
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 week ago
These plants are super easy to root. Stick them in water, let them root, plant them. Once they are planted, let them grow a bit, then cut off a few nodes, root in water, then plant into the same pot. You can fill your plant out pretty quickly. I have about 15 varieties of tradescantia and I have been doing this.
These are fast growers and they die off fast too. They can stay healthy though, just need a bit more maintenance than most. I find this creator’s videos helpful: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fbyR4iJBg-8
@debbiedo is right, they have a tendency to strangle themselves. So definitely keep them pruned etc.

Here is a photo of one of my plants that started as a 2 node cutting at the end of December
What's the best way to prune them
@compostbandit The video gives lots of detail, but there really not a bad way to prune them. Cutting off the leggy bits is a good place to start πŸ‘πŸ»
I lost 90%of mine this winter! They are so easy to prop but cutting below a node and just stick in dirt. I was able to save a few cuttings of some Thankfully!! Bottom water when you can with these girls!