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Red-Silver Wandering Jew

Tradescantia 'Red-Silver'

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Red-Silver Wandering Jew (Tradescantia 'Red-Silver') at Green Thumb Nursery

Red-Silver Wandering Jew foliage

Red-Silver Wandering Jew foliage

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Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade 

Other Names:  Inch Plant, Creeping Jenny


This lovely trailing variety is predominantly grown for its foliage; cascading leaves of silvery green and deep burgundy look great spilling from indoor hanging baskets or containers; low maintenance and heat tolerant

Features & Attributes

Red-Silver Wandering Jew's attractive pointy leaves remain grayish green in color with showy burgundy variegation and tinges of silver throughout the year on a plant with a trailing habit of growth.

This is an herbaceous evergreen houseplant with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other indoor plants with less refined foliage. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Red-Silver Wandering Jew can be expected to grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This houseplant should be situated in a location that that gets indirect sunlight at most, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It prefers to grow in average to moist soil. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.

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