Wandering Jewels Tradescantia Dude Cutting Propagation Guide

Rooting cuttings of Wandering Jewels (Tradescantia zebrina) is a rewarding and simple process. These vibrant and trailing plants are known for their colorful leaves and ease of propagation. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you successfully root cuttings of Wandering Jewels:


2 methods of plant propagation, soil propagation or water cutting propagation 


Quick Guide for Water Rooting:

Take healthy cutting.
Remove lower leaves.
Place in water.
Change water regularly.
Provide indirect light.
Wait for roots to grow.
Transplant into soil.

Rooting plants in water is a simple and effective method of propagation. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Select a Healthy Cutting
Choose a healthy stem cutting from a mature plant. The cutting should be about 4-6 inches long and have 2-3 leaf nodes (where leaves are attached to the stem).

Step 2: Remove Lower Leaves
Remove the lower leaves from the cutting, leaving only 1-2 leaves at the top. This prevents leaves from rotting underwater.

Step 3: Place Cutting in Water
Place the cutting in a clean glass or jar filled with room temperature water. Ensure that the leaf nodes are submerged in water, but the leaves remain above the waterline.

Step 4: Change Water Regularly
Change the water every few days to prevent stagnation and ensure oxygen supply to the cutting.

Step 5: Provide Indirect Light
Place the glass or jar with the cutting in a location with bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it may cause the cutting to wilt.

Step 6: Wait for Root Growth
Roots will start to develop within a few weeks. You may see small white roots emerging from the leaf nodes.

Step 7: Transplant the Rooted Cutting
Once the roots are a few inches long, the cutting is ready to be transplanted into soil. Gently plant the rooted cutting in a well-draining potting mix, and water it thoroughly.


Materials you'll need:

Healthy Wandering Jew plant with at least 1 stem but more is best as there is always a chance they will not root.
Clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.
A small container or pot for rooting the cuttings.
Well-draining potting mix or a mix of perlite and peat moss.
A clear plastic bag or a propagation dome (optional, for maintaining humidity).
Step 1: Choose the right time for taking cuttings
The best time to take cuttings is during the plant's active growing season, typically in the spring or early summer. This is when the plant is actively producing new growth and is more likely to root successfully.

Step 2: Select and prepare the cuttings
Choose healthy stems with several leaves on them for your cuttings. Using sharp scissors or pruning shears, make a clean cut just below a leaf node (the point where a leaf attaches to the stem). Each cutting should be around 3-6 inches (8-15 cm) long.

Step 3: Remove lower leaves
Remove the lower leaves from the cuttings, leaving only 1 or 2 leaves near the tip. This will reduce moisture loss and direct the plant's energy towards root development.

Step 4: Rooting medium
Prepare a well-draining rooting medium for the cuttings. You can use a mix of perlite and peat moss, or a well-draining potting mix. Avoid using heavy soils that may retain too much moisture, as this can lead to rot.

Step 5: Plant the cuttings
Make small holes in the rooting medium using your finger or a pencil. Gently insert the cut end of each stem into a hole, ensuring the leaf nodes are in contact with the medium. You can place multiple cuttings in one pot, but make sure they are not overcrowded.

Step 6: Watering
Water the cuttings thoroughly after planting. The soil should be evenly moist but not waterlogged. You can use a spray bottle to mist the leaves occasionally, as this will help maintain humidity around the cuttings.

Step 7: Provide proper conditions
Place the pot in a warm location with bright, indirect light. Avoid exposing the cuttings to direct sunlight, as it may cause the leaves to burn or wilt. A temperature range of 65-75°F (18-24°C) is ideal for rooting Wandering Jew cuttings.

Step 8: Maintain humidity (optional)
If you want to enhance the chances of successful rooting, you can create a mini greenhouse effect by covering the pot with a clear plastic bag or using a propagation dome. This will help retain moisture and create a humid environment around the cuttings.

Step 9: Monitor and wait
Keep an eye on the cuttings regularly. Check for signs of root growth, which may take a few weeks to a couple of months. You can gently tug on the cuttings to feel if there's any resistance, indicating roots are forming.

Step 10: Transplanting
Once the cuttings have developed sufficient roots (at least a few inches long), they are ready to be transplanted into their individual pots or the desired location. Use a well-draining potting mix, and keep the soil consistently moist during the establishment period.

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