Wandering Jew, Inch Plant

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Wandering Jew, Inch Plant - Tradescantia fluminensis
Latin name:
Tradescantia fluminensis

Description: Ludicrously tropical house-plant that is well worth trying in your garden. These wonderful trailing houseplants come in a dazzling range of colours and variegations, so the world is your Oyster. Plant out after the last frosts, usually in May.

Hardiness: Although considered ludicrously tender, they don’t seem to know that! Plant under the canopy of a tree or large shrub to give maximum protection. The first frost will cut them to the ground, though as long as the ground doesn’t freeze, they will return perennially for years to come. Mulch if needed after the leaves have died down.

Height: Up to 30cm

Position: The mildest part of your garden protected from severe weather

Soil: Any well-drained garden soil with add organic matter

Water: Water well to establish, then fairly self sufficient, especially if it still has its winter mulch to keep in moisture

Usage: Fantastic as a fast spreading ground cover in a dappled shade position

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