Propagating Wandering Jew

Bouyed by my recent success propagating African Violets and growing a avocado plant from an avocado pit, I decided to try propagating a Wandering Jew plant.  I wanted to find an easy to grow house plant for my sitting room that would tolerate low light and my slightly ADD ways.  I’m not really known for having a green thumb and feel pangs of guilt when I kill a perfectly innocent house plant due to my outright neglect.  Lately, I’ve been trying to turn over a new leaf.  :)

My research led me to the Wandering Jew plant and it was love at first sight!  The beautiful purple and green tailing foliage drew me in.  I picked up this beauty today while on a quest for some Thai Basil for my garden.  (I am craving some Thai Basil Jelly cookies and my jelly stash has been depleted since last summer.)

The list of supplies for this project is short: the plant (of course), a pair of scissors, some potting soil, a container to put the cuttings in, and rooting hormone though this is optional.

Just take some cuttings from the mamma and strip off the bottom leaves.

Wet the stem with a bit of water and dip it into the rooting hormone.

If you don’t have any rooting hormone, no worries.  Just skip this step and it should work just fine.

Next just poke a hole in the soil and insert the stem.

Repeat the process with all of your cutting, give ‘em a good drink, and call it done!

I put the cuttings in my sun room and will keep the soil most.  Easy peasy!  Hopefully in just a few weeks I’ll have enough roots to transplant these into some pots for gifts and maybe even replace a few of those dusty old silk plants!

Wandering Jew Propagation Update June 6:

Remarkable!  It’s just 9 days after I took the cuttings from my Wandering Jew plant and already they have enough roots to be transplanted!  I’ve tried propagating several plants, but this was by far the easiest and fastest plant I’ve ever worked with.  The plants were so perky and even growing new leaves when I checked on them today!


I decided to go ahead and pot them up.  These little guys were putting out roots so fast I was afraid they would soon get tangled in their close living quarters.

I love giving homemade gifts for holidays, birthdays and such.  This little experiment turned out so well that I’ll be adding it to my gift giving repertoire.  Now if I could only get my Rosemary to propagate as easily…

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4 thoughts on “Propagating Wandering Jew

  1. Hi, I’ve researched how to propagate this plant alot, can you please confirm for me, when uve cut it ready to put in soil, do the roots grow from where the stem has been cut or from where the leaves have been removed?? Depending on which may mean mine won’t take! :-/ thanks

    • I’m assuming the by now you have your answer, but in my experience with other plants, it’s often enough that roots come from the nodes (but I’m no pro) so I always have one submersed (I typically propagate in water, or buried if I’m using soil/compost). I normally clip my plants at a node as well. Most of the time the roots come from the bottom first and from the next lower node if left to soak for a while after the first roots are relatively healthy.

      • Hi Prynce. Thanks for the comment. Actually this is really useful information as I am attempting to propagate some lemon balm in water right now. I never thought to cut at a node, but that makes sense and may be the reason I often struggle to propagate plants. I am going to cut some more lemon balm today and make sure I cut it at a node. I think I will try propagating some in soil and some in water. Thanks again for taking the time to comment! :)

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