With their attractive foliage and unique trailing growth, Wandering Jew plants are a common sight in homes around the world. Though they're relatively easy to care for, it's important to understand their specific needs if you want them to thrive. Here we'll discuss the basics of light, soil, water, temperature & humidity and fertilizer required for optimal care of these beautiful plants.
Wandering Jew plants prefer brightly lit spaces with indirect sunlight. It's best to position them near windows or other sources of natural illumination but not directly in front of a window as this can lead to scorched leaves. When exposed to too little light, the plant will lose its brightness and become pale green or even yellow-ish in color.
When it comes to soil, potted Wandering Jew plants should be placed in a container filled with a well-draining potting mix that is slightly acidic (pH 5.5-6). This helps prevent waterlogging and provides plenty of oxygen for healthy root development. Additionally, adding organic matter such as compost or peat moss can help keep things moist without becoming soggy.
It's important to keep your plant hydrated but also avoid overwatering which can lead to root rot and other issues. As a general rule of thumb, water lightly every week or two until the top inch of soil is moist then let the top layer dry out before watering again; when you do water make sure the liquid runs completely through the pot so it drains from the bottom holes as well as from above ground level.
Wandering Jew plants do best in moderate temperature and high humidity levels; ideally temperatures should range between 65°F - 85°F (18°C – 29°C) with humidity levels above 50%. If your home tends to be on the drier side consider adding some moisture by misting your plant regularly or placing it on a tray with wet pebbles / stones beneath it which will help increase humidity levels naturally while also providing drainage benefits.
Fertilizing your Wandering Jew is an important part of keeping it healthy; use an all-purpose liquid fertilizer diluted at half strength every month during spring/summer months then switch to every other month during fall/winter months when growth slows down considerably due to cooler temperatures and shorter days. Additionally, you can supplement this with an occasional boost of balanced slow release granules which will provide additional nutrients throughout its growing cycle throughout the year.