Common Names: Wandering Jew, Purple Hearts, Inch plant
Origin: Central America
Description: T. zebrina is a herbaceous perennial from warm tropical climates. Commonly known as purple hearts, this plant has a deep purple pigment on the stems and under sides of the leaves. The (adaxial surface) tops of the leaves often have green and silver striping patterns. The waxy coating on the leaves gives them a unique texture. This plant is an excellent choice for groundcover and hanging baskets due to its horizontal growth habit. Flowers range from white to purple to pink, but will only flower in proper lighting.
Watering: Water generously, never water log the soil or allow to dry out.
Fertilization: Fertilize in spring and fall with general purpose fertilizer.
Lighting: Bright light, avoid direct sunlight and provide partial shade
Use: Houseplant, landscape plant
Propagation: Stem cuttings may be directly placed in soil. Root growth can be observed as early as one week. Long stem cuttings, buried under the rooting media, produce root growth all along the stem. This method promotes bushy growth and multiple apical meristems. Alternatively, cuttings may also be wrapped in a moist paper towel and placed in a plastic bag in partial sunlight. Check periodically for root growth and/or root rot.
Special Accommodations: None