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Wandering Jew
Wandering Jew
Commelina benghalensis
Also known as : Tropical Spiderwort
Wandering Jew has been introduced to North America where it is considered a noxious weed. It can be highly invasive - spreading across crops and pastures, outcompeting more desirable plants.
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Annual, Perennial, Biennial
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Spring, Summer, Fall
Bloom Time
Spring, Summer, Fall
Harvest Time
Mid fall, Late fall, Winter, Early spring
Plant Height
15 cm to 30 cm
Spread
60 cm to 90 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
White
Green
Purple
Blue
Lavender
Leaf type
Semi-evergreen
Ideal Temperature
20 - 38 ℃

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Wandering Jew is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and Asia. It has been introduced and become naturalized in the Americas, spanning diverse environments. Wandering Jew thrives in a wide range of habitats which has led to its extensive spread across continents but also raising concerns as an invasive species in some regions.
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What is the best way to water my Wandering Jew?
To water Wandering Jew, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle, a watering can, or just about any other common watering tool. Generally, Wandering Jew is not too picky about how they receive their water, as they can live off of rainwater, tap water, or filtered water. Often, you should try not to water this plant from overhead, as doing so can damage the leaves and flowers and may lead to disease as well. At times, the best method for watering this plant is to set up a drip irrigation system. These systems work well for Wandering Jew as they apply water evenly and directly to the soil. For one Wandering Jew that grows in a container, you can use a similar watering approach while changing the tools you use. To water a container-grown Wandering Jew, use a cup, watering can, or your tap to apply water directly to the soil.
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What should I do if I water my Wandering Jew too much or too little?
The remedy for underwatering Wandering Jew is somewhat obvious. When you notice that your plant lacks moisture, simply begin watering it on a more regular basis. The issue of overwatering can be a much more dire situation, especially if you fail to notice it early. When your Wandering Jew is overwatered, it may contract diseases that lead to its decline and death. The best way to prevent this outcome is to choose a proper growing location, one that receives plenty of sunlight to help dry the soil and has good enough drainage to allow excess water to drain rather than pooling and causing waterlogged soils. If you overwater your Wandering Jew that lives in a pot, you may need to consider changing it to a new pot. Your previous container may not have contained soil with good drainage or may not have had sufficient drainage holes. As you repot your overwatered Wandering Jew, make sure to add loose soils and to use a pot that drains efficiently.
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How often should I water my Wandering Jew?
Wandering Jew needs water regularly throughout the growing season. Beginning in spring, you should plan to water this plant about once per week. As the season presses on and grows warmer, you may need to increase your watering rate to about two to three times per week. Exceeding at this rate can be detrimental to your Wandering Jew. With that said, you should also ensure that the soil in which your Wandering Jew grows remains relatively moist but not wet, regardless of how often you must water to make that the case. Watering Wandering Jew that lives in a pot is a bit different. Generally, you'll need to increase your watering frequency, as the soil in a pot can heat up and dry out a bit faster than ground soil. As such, you should plan to water a container-grown Wandering Jew a few times per week in most cases, versus just once per week for an in-ground plant.
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How much water does my Wandering Jew need?
There are a few different ways you can go about determining how much water to give to your Wandering Jew. Some gardeners choose to pick their water volume based on feeling the soil for moisture. That method suggests that you should water until you feel that the first six inches of soil have become moist. Alternatively, you can use a set measurement to determine how much to water your Wandering Jew. Typically, you should give your Wandering Jew about two gallons of water per week, depending on how hot it is and how quickly the soil becomes dry. However, following strict guidelines like that can lead to overwatering if your plant requires less than two gallons per week for whatever reason. When growing Wandering Jew in a container, you will need to use a different method to determine how much water to supply. Typically, you should give enough water to moisten all of the layers of soil that have become dry. To test if that is the case, you can simply stick your finger in the soil to feel for moisture. You can also water the soil until you notice a slight trickle of excess water exiting the drainage holes of your pot.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Wandering Jew enough?
It can be somewhat difficult to avoid overwatering your Wandering Jew. On the one hand, these plants have relatively deep roots that require you to moisten the soil weekly. On the other hand, Wandering Jew are plants that are incredibly susceptible to root rot. Along with root rot, your Wandering Jew may also experience browning as a result of overwatering. Underwatering is far less likely for your Wandering Jew as these plants can survive for a while in the absence of supplemental watering. However, if you go too long without giving this plant water, it will likely begin to wilt. You may also notice dry leaves.
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How should I water my Wandering Jew through the seasons?
You can expect your Wandering Jew’s water needs to increase as the season moves on. During spring, you should water about once per week. Then, as the summer heat arrives, you will likely need to give a bit more water to your Wandering Jew, at times increasing to about three times per week. This is especially true of Wandering Jew that grow in containers, as the soil in a container is far more likely to dry out faster than ground soil when the weather is warm. In autumn, while your Wandering Jew is still in bloom, it may need a bit less water as the temperature has likely declined, and the sun is no longer as strong as it was in summer.
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How should I water my Wandering Jew at different growth stages?
Wandering Jew will move through several different growth stages throughout the year, some of which may require more water than others. For example, you will probably start your Wandering Jew as a seed. While the seed germinates, you should plant to give more water than your Wandering Jew will need later in life, watering often enough to maintain consistent soil moisture. After a few weeks, your Wandering Jew will grow above the soil and may need slightly less water than at the seedling phase. Then, once this plant is mature, you can begin to use the regular watering frequency of about once per week. As flower development takes place, you may need to give slightly more water to aid the process.
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What's the difference between watering Wandering Jew indoors and outdoors?
There are several reasons why most Wandering Jew grow outdoors rather than indoors. The first is that these plants typically grow to tall. The second reason is that Wandering Jew needs more daily sunlight than most indoor growing locations can provide. If you are able to provide a suitable indoor growing location, you may find that you need to give your Wandering Jew water a bit more often than you would in an outdoor growing location. Part of the reason for this is that indoor growing locations tend to be a lot drier than outdoor ones due to HVAC units. The other reason for this is that soil in containers can dry out relatively quickly as well compared to soil in the ground.
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The wandering Jew can prosper in full daylight exposure but also endures moderate light conditions. Originating from areas with abundant light, its health and growth are often stimulated by a good amount of sunshine. However, exposure to too much intense light can adversely affect the plant, while inadequate light might curb its growth.
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Wandering Jew is native to temperate environments and thrives with temperatures ranging from 68 to 100 °F (20 to 38 ℃). During seasons with cooler weather, consider altering its environment to meet its temperature preferences.
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Also known as: Tropical Spiderwort
Wandering Jew has been introduced to North America where it is considered a noxious weed. It can be highly invasive - spreading across crops and pastures, outcompeting more desirable plants.
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Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
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Harvest Time
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Plant Height
15 cm to 30 cm
Spread
60 cm to 90 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
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Ideal Temperature
20 - 38 ℃
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Wandering Jew is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and Asia. It has been introduced and become naturalized in the Americas, spanning diverse environments. Wandering Jew thrives in a wide range of habitats which has led to its extensive spread across continents but also raising concerns as an invasive species in some regions.
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About 3-6 hours sunlight
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The wandering Jew can prosper in full daylight exposure but also endures moderate light conditions. Originating from areas with abundant light, its health and growth are often stimulated by a good amount of sunshine. However, exposure to too much intense light can adversely affect the plant, while inadequate light might curb its growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
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Symptoms of Insufficient Light in %s
Wandering Jew, a plant that thrives in full sunlight, is commonly grown outdoors with ample sunlight. When cultivated indoors with inadequate light, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your Wandering Jew may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Wandering Jew enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
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Wandering Jew thrives in full sun exposure and can tolerate intense sunlight. With their remarkable resilience, symptoms of sunburn may not be easily visible, as they rarely suffer from it.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Wandering Jew is native to temperate environments and thrives with temperatures ranging from 68 to 100 °F (20 to 38 ℃). During seasons with cooler weather, consider altering its environment to meet its temperature preferences.
Regional wintering strategies
Wandering Jew has some cold tolerance and generally does not require any additional measures when the temperature is above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. However, if the temperature is expected to drop below {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}, it is necessary to take some temporary measures for cold protection, such as wrapping the plant with plastic film, fabric, or other materials. Once the temperature rises again, the protective measures should be removed promptly.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Low Temperature in Wandering Jew
Wandering Jew has moderate tolerance to low temperatures and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, the leaves may start to droop. In mild cases, they can recover, but in severe cases, the leaves will wilt and eventually fall off.
Solutions
Trim off the frost-damaged parts. Prior to encountering low temperatures again, wrap the plant with materials such as non-woven fabric or cloth, and construct a wind barrier to protect it from the cold wind.
Symptoms of High Temperature in Wandering Jew
During summer, Wandering Jew should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the color of the leaves becomes lighter, the leaf tips may become dry and withered, the leaves may curl, and the plant becomes more susceptible to sunburn.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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