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Is there anything more satisfying than the act of watering plants? It’s a moment to slow down, to gather your thoughts, and to nurture something. Whether it’s the vibrant purple of a tradescantia or the subtle beauty of a common houseplant, the act of watering can bring a sense of calm and fulfillment. But what if I told you that plants could also be a source of frustration and problems?

At least once in your plant journey, you’ll likely come across the need to propagate a plant. Propagation is the process of creating new plants from a stem, leaf, or other plant parts. And one of the most common methods of propagation is through stem cuttings. If you want to succeed in propagating a tradescantia, for example, you’ll need to prepare the right tools and understand the proper techniques.

Propagation from cuttings usually involves taking a piece of stem and placing it in water or a potting mix until it develops roots. This process can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the plant and the conditions. To propagate a tradescantia, for example, you’ll want to take a cutting that is at least a few inches long. Make sure to cut just below a node, as this is where the new roots will develop. Remove any leaves from the lower portion of the stem, and watch as new roots start to develop.

When it comes to tools, you don’t need anything fancy. A sharp razor or knife will do the trick. Just make sure to protect yourself and handle the tools with care. Some plants, like the tradescantia zebrina, can benefit from a little bit of rooting hormone. This will help speed up the root development process. But it’s not necessary for success.

Once your cuttings have rooted, you can then plant them in their final position. Whether that’s in a pot or directly in the ground, make sure to give them the right conditions. Most tradescantias prefer bright, indirect light and moderate humidity. Keep the soil slightly moist, but not waterlogged. And avoid fertilizing them for the first few weeks, as they don’t need it.

So next time you find yourself in need of propagating a tradescantia or any other plant, remember these tips and tricks. Propagation can be a fun and rewarding process, and soon enough, you’ll have a whole new generation of plants to enjoy.

Tradescantia Zebrina Propagation 3 Simple Steps to Succeed

In this article, we will discuss the simple steps to successfully propagate Tradescantia Zebrina, also known as Wandering Jew or Inch Plant. The process of propagation can be easily done by following these steps.

  1. Select the right cuttings: When propagating Tradescantia Zebrina, it is important to select healthy cuttings. Look for stem cuttings that are at least 4-6 inches in length and have at least two nodes. Nodes are the areas on the stem where the leaves grow.
  2. Prepare the soil: Tradescantia Zebrina prefers well-draining soil, so it is important to use a good quality soil mix. You can either use a pre-mixed potting soil or make your own mix using equal parts of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. Make sure to thoroughly water the soil before planting the cuttings.
  3. Plant and care for the cuttings: After preparing the soil, you can plant the Tradescantia Zebrina cuttings. Simply make a small hole in the soil and insert the cuttings, making sure that at least one node is buried. Water the cuttings well after planting and keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Place the pot in a room with temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and with good humidity. Tradescantia Zebrina plants love high humidity, so misting them every day or placing a tray of water near them can help create the ideal growing conditions.

By following these simple steps, you will be able to successfully propagate Tradescantia Zebrina. The cuttings will grow roots within a few weeks, and you can then transfer them to their final pots. Once the plants are rooted and established, make sure to provide them with proper care, including regular watering, good light, and protection from extreme temperatures.

Propagating Tradescantia Zebrina is a common and great way to multiply your plant collection without having to spend money on new plants. It is also a rewarding process to watch your cuttings grow and thrive. So, if you have a Tradescantia Zebrina plant and want to grow multiple plants from it, follow these steps and enjoy the beauty of these stunning purple houseplants.


If you’ve been looking for a beautiful and easy-to-care-for plant for your home, look no further than Tradescantia Zebrina, also known as Wandering Jew or Purple Heart. This stunning houseplant features purple and green striped leaves that cascade down from the pot, creating a lovely hanging plant.

One of the great benefits of Tradescantia Zebrina is that it can be easily propagated in water. Propagating plants in water is a super simple and rewarding way to grow new plants from cuttings. In this guide, we will provide you with the requirements and steps to successfully propagate your Tradescantia Zebrina in water.


– Stem cuttings of Tradescantia Zebrina

– Clean water

– A clean glass jar or container

– Scissors or pruning shears

– Optional: rooting hormone (to encourage faster root growth)

Propagation Steps

  1. Take stem cuttings: Start by selecting healthy stems from your Tradescantia Zebrina plant. These stems should have at least two leaf nodes. Leaf nodes are the small bumps on the stem where leaves grow. Using clean scissors or pruning shears, make a clean cut just below a leaf node.
  2. Prepare the cuttings: Remove the lower leaves from the stem cuttings, leaving at least one or two leaves at the top. This will help to prevent the cuttings from rotting in water. If you prefer a fuller plant, you can leave more leaves on the stem.
  3. Place the cuttings in water: Fill a clean glass jar or container with water, making sure to cover the leaf nodes on the stem cuttings. The water should be deep enough to submerge the nodes, but not so deep that it covers the remaining leaves. Place the cuttings in the jar, making sure they are upright and not touching the sides.
  4. Find the perfect location: Choose a bright location for your cuttings, but avoid direct sunlight as it can be too intense and may burn the plants. A spot near a window where the plants can receive indirect light is ideal.
  5. Patiently wait for rooting: Keep the water clean and change it every few days to prevent the growth of bacteria or fungi. Roots should begin to appear within 2-3 weeks, although it may take longer depending on the conditions.
  6. Prepare for potting: Once the roots are at least an inch long, your Tradescantia Zebrina cuttings are ready to be potted. Prepare a pot with well-draining soil and gently plant the cuttings, making sure to cover the roots with soil. Water the newly potted cuttings and place them in a location with bright, indirect light.
  7. Continue care: After potting, continue to care for your Tradescantia Zebrina by watering it when the top inch of soil is dry, providing it with bright, indirect light, and maintaining a moderate level of humidity.

Please note that while Tradescantia Zebrina is a tough plant that can tolerate a wide range of conditions, it will prefer temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (15-29 degrees Celsius) and higher humidity levels. If you live in a location with dry air, consider using a humidifier or placing a tray of water near the plant to increase humidity.

In conclusion, propagating Tradescantia Zebrina in water is a simple and enjoyable process that allows you to grow new plants from cuttings. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can successfully propagate your own beautiful Tradescantia Zebrina plants and enjoy their vibrant purple and green foliage all year round.


When it comes to propagating houseplants in winter, one general rule of thumb is to select shorter cuttings. Winter days tend to be shorter and plants benefit from the reduced daylight. To verify you are a human, please watch the video clip above.

Start by selecting well-established, healthy plants from which to take your cuttings. The Zebrina wandering jew is a popular choice for propagation. It is easy to care for and readily available at garden stores.

Take cuttings that are about 3 to 4 inches in length, using clean, sharp tools like a razor blade or pruners. Make a clean cut just below a leaf node, as this is where the roots will later develop.

Prepare a well-draining potting mix, preferably a mixture of equal parts perlite and peat moss. Moisten the soil thoroughly, but be careful not to oversaturate as this can cause the cuttings to rot.

Remove the lower leaves from the cuttings, leaving about 1 or 2 pairs of leaves at the top. This will help the cutting focus on rooting rather than sustaining the top growth.

Place the cuttings in the prepared potting mix, making sure at least one leaf node is below the soil surface. Gently press the soil around the cuttings to secure them in place.

Keep the cuttings in a warm location, preferably between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit (21-24 degrees Celsius), to promote rooting. A bright location with indirect sunlight is ideal for most houseplants.

Water the cuttings regularly to keep the soil lightly moist, but avoid overwatering as it may lead to stem rot. Check the soil moisture frequently and adjust your watering routine accordingly.

It is important to note that not all houseplants can be propagated using the same method. Some plants, like tradescantia zebrina, can be rooted directly in water before potting, while others may require different techniques.

After a few weeks, you should start to see roots forming on the cuttings. Once the roots are well-established, you can transplant the new plants into individual pots with well-draining soil.

By following these steps, you can successfully propagate your houseplants and enjoy new plants for your collection. Happy propagating!

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.