How to Prune Your Wandering Jew

by Alex Kountry
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Looking to tidy up your Wandering Jew plant? Pruning is a great way to encourage new growth and keep your plant looking its best. Follow our tips and tricks on how to prune your Wandering Jew for the best results.

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What is a Wandering Jew?

The Wandering Jew is a fast-growing, trailing plant with dark green, fleshy leaves. It’s easy to care for and makes an attractive addition to any indoor or outdoor space. However, if left unchecked, the plant can quickly become overgrown and unruly. Pruning is the best way to keep your Wandering Jew looking its best.

Here’s what you need to know about pruning your Wandering Jew:

When to prune: Prune your Wandering Jew in early spring, before new growth begins.

How to prune: Cut back the stems of your plant by 2-3 inches, using sharp gardening shears. Be sure to make clean, even cuts.

What to do with the cuttings: You can compost the cuttings, or use them to propagate new plants. To propagate, place the cuttings in a jar of water and set them in a sunny spot. Within a few weeks, roots will begin to form. Once the roots are several inches long, you can transplant the cuttings into pots filled with fresh potting soil.

Why Prune a Wandering Jew?

Pruning a Wandering Jew Plant is important for several reasons. First, it helps to keep the plant healthy by removing any dead, diseased or damaged leaves or stems. Second, pruning encourages new growth, which can help make your plant look fuller and more lush. Finally, pruning can help to control the size and shape of your plant, making it easier to manage.

The Best Time to Prune

The best time to prune your wandering jew is in the spring, after the last frost. You’ll want to remove any dead or damaged leaves and stems, as well as any that are crossing or rubbing against each other. If your plant is too big for its pot, you can also trim back the roots.

How to Prune

Wandering jew (Tradescantia zebrina), also known as inch plant, is an easy-to-grow houseplant that can quickly become overgrown and leggy. Once a month, give your plant a hair cut to remove any long, straggly stems. You can also trim back any stems that have become too leggy or are growing in an unattractive direction.

After You Prune

In order to keep your Wandering Jew plant healthy and looking its best, it is important to prune it regularly. Depending on the variety, you will want to prune it anywhere from once a month to once every few months.

Once you have pruned your plant, there are a few things you need to do in order to ensure that it stays healthy. First, make sure that you remove all of the dead leaves and stems from the plant. If you leave any of these on the plant, they can rot and cause disease.

Next, you will want to water your plant thoroughly. Be sure to give it enough water so that the soil is evenly moistened, but don’t water so much that the soil is soggy.

Finally, you will want to fertilize your plant. Use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and low in phosphorus. This will help your plant to grow new leaves and stems quickly.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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