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Wandering Jew Plant Care Guide

Last Updated: March 19, 2023

Basic Wandering Jew Plant Care

Wandering Jew Plants are one of our favourite houseplants to take care of as they seem to grow bigger and wilder every day. Below you will find all the information you need to properly care for your Wandering Jew Plant.



Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.


Water Moderately

I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.


Medium Humidity

Please make sure the air isn’t too dry, otherwise I won’t be a happy plant.


Potting Soil

I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.

Bright, indirect light is ideal for a Wandering Jew Plant

Wandering Jew Plants will struggle to thrive in darker areas of your home (they can become quite leggy, droopy and turn brown) so make sure to find it a nice bright spot. However, if your plant receives direct sunlight it can fade the leaves which is irreversible. So you want to find a nice light balance.

Be careful not to overwater it

Wandering Jew Plants don’t like their soil to be too dry or waterlogged so you want to find a balance between the two. We recommend watering your plant little and often so that the soil retains some moisture but not enough to cause issues such as root rot.

Adjust your watering throughout the year

You want to make sure that you are watering your Wandering Jew Plant less in the colder, winter months as growth will slow and the demand for water will be less. Watering in winter can often lead to root rot so check the moisture in the soil before watering.

Temperature isn't an issue for Wandering Jew Plants

A great thing about caring for a Wandering Jew Plant is that they aren’t too fussy about the temperature and will grow well in your home regardless. They do tend to prefer slightly cooler temperatures but are happy with warm environments too.

Don't fertilise your Wandering Jew Plant

Wandering Jew Plants just don’t need fertiliser and will thrive completely on their own. If you do decide that you want to fertilise your Wandering Jew Plant, just make sure it is at half strength as overfertilisation will cause the leaves to lose their colour and pattern.

Repot only when extremely root bound

It is not super necessary to constantly be repotting your Wandering Jew Plant, as they won’t suffer too much if they are a little root bound. But when you do decide to repot, make sure the new pot isn’t more than a few centimetres larger in diameter than the last one otherwise this may your plant to become stressed.

Propagating a Wandering Jew Plant is easy!

It really couldn’t be simpler to propagate a Wandering Jew Plant. All you need to do is take a stem cutting and pop it in some water. Change out the water every few days to keep it fresh and after a few weeks you should see roots start to appear. At this point your cutting is ready to be pot into soil.

You might want to raise the humidity a little

Although Wandering Jew Plants do survive well in the natural humidity levels in your home, they will repay you with plenty of healthy growth if you up the humidity a little. We recommend placing it in the kitchen or bathroom where humidity is a little higher. Check out our humidity guide for more information.

Do Wandering Jew Plants like to be root bound?

Wandering Jew Plants actually prefer to be slightly root bound. This means that you can actually leave them for a little bit before repotting. Ideally you want the roots to be poking out of the drainage holes before you think about repotting.

Then when you do repot your Wandering Jew Plant, make sure not to size up the pot too much as they do prefer to be a little root bound.


Wandering Jew Plant FAQs

Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Wandering Jew Plant .


Common Problems with your Wandering Jew Plant

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.


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