Why is my wandering jew plant not growing?

Why is my wandering jew plant not growing?

When it comes to why is my wandering jew plant not growing, environmental factors can play a big role. It is important to understand the right environmental conditions for your plant’s species to help it reach its full potential. In this article, we will explore the various environmental factors that can affect the growth of a wandering jew plant.

Several factors could be preventing your wandering jew plant from growing, including lack of sunlight, overwatering or underwatering, low humidity levels, or inadequate soil quality. Inspect your plant’s conditions and adjust them accordingly to encourage growth.

These environmental factors include:

  • Light
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Soil
  • Water

Why is my wandering jew plant not growing?


Temperature is an important environmental factor for any plant, and wandering jew plants are no exception. The optimal temperature for a wandering jew plant to thrive is between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and anywhere from 55-65 degrees at night. A wandering jew plant prefers temperatures slightly cooler at night than during the day, which can be difficult to manage in warm climates.

If your plant is not growing despite providing adequate water, sunlight and nutrients, take into account the temperature of its environment. Consider moving your wandering jew to a shadier or cooler spot during especially hot months if needed.


Maintaining the proper level of humidity for your wandering jew plant is extremely important. Generally, it is best to maintain a relative humidity of around 50%. Too much or too little humidity can cause the plant to suffer from disease, discoloration and overall poor growth.

If the air in your home or office is too dry, you can create localized humidity by misting your plant. This will temporarily increase the surrounding air’s moisture levels, helping to prevent dehydration and encourage growth. Alternatively, if there is already high levels of humidity (greater than 80%), take steps to improve air circulation or use a dehumidifier in order to reduce the level of moisture around your plant.

It’s also important to consider that different varieties of wandering jew may require specific levels of humidity in order to thrive – again, contact your local nursery for more specific advice.


One environmental factor that can negatively affect the growth of a wandering jew plant is inadequate light. Wandering jew plants thrive in bright and indirect light. Placing a wandering jew plant in an area where there is not enough sunlight can result in the plant becoming leggy, weak, and discolored. Additionally, too much direct light can cause scorching and burning of the leaves.

To maximize healthy growth for a wandering jew plant, select an area indoors near a window that receives bright light throughout the day but is not exposed to direct sunlight during peak hours (between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm). If necessary, use sheer curtains to diffuse harsh sunlight. Outdoor placement may be possible if recent hardening off and proper monitoring has been completed prior to introducing it to its new environment.

Nutritional Factors

In order for your wandering jew plant to thrive, it needs to be provided with the right balance of nutrients. Without the proper nutrition, the plant will not grow as it should. Different types of deficiencies can cause a variety of issues, from stunted growth to yellowing of leaves.

Let’s dive deeper into nutritional factors and how they affect the growing of your wandering jew plant.


The soil is probably the most important factor when it comes to proper plant growth and health. The correct soil composition should have a balance of elements, pH and texture to ensure optimal growing conditions for the wandering jew plant.

The soil for the wandering jew should be moist, but not waterlogged or overly dry. It should also be moderately fertile, with a good combination of organic matter to provide food for beneficial mycorrhizae fungi that help provide nutrients. A slightly acidic soil pH, between 5.5 and 6.5 is ideal for this plant type. Loam soils are often a good choice as they are relatively easy to work with and tend to drain well but still retain moisture due to their clay content.

For establishing healthy plants, dig in compost or rotted manure to improve the texture of natural soils while adding important nutrients such as nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). Adding fertilizers specifically designed for ornamental plants can also help support strong initial growth during establishment phases. Additionally, add sterilized sand or perlite/vermiculite mixtures into heavier clay soils so it does not become waterlogged after heavy rains or over-watering events occur. Be sure not to over-water as this can cause root rot and leaf discoloration in the wandering jew plant due its shallow roots system which can rapidly lead to nutrient deficiencies if soils remain too wet over long periods of time.


Fertilizer is a key factor in keeping your Wandering Jew plants healthy and lush. It is important to remember that, although they are very resilient, they do benefit from a regular feeding schedule. Ideally, house plants should be fertilized every two weeks during their active growth phase (March – October) and every month in the non-growth phase (November – February).

How you fertilize depends on the type of fertilizer you choose. Liquid fertilizers usually require dilution before being applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions and can be used in a spray bottle or watering can every two weeks or once per month. Alternatively, slow release granular fertilizers are designed to last 2-3 months and can be applied as instructed by the manufacturer – which may include applying monthly or quarterly with additional waterings.

Finally, organic fertilizer options include:

  • Fish emulsion,
  • Liquid seaweed extract,
  • Blood meal,
  • Aged compost teas such as green sand,
  • Rock phosphate,
  • Alfalfa meal,
  • Bat guano,
  • Feather meal, etc.,

all of which should be used as directed on product labels.

No matter which type of fertilizer you choose, always only apply when needed and never over-fertilize! Too much of any type can quickly cause plant damage and/or nutrient deficiencies due to excessive salts in the soil damaging roots systems. Regular monitoring of soil pH is recommended for optimal plant performance.


Water is an essential nutrient for any plant, including the wandering jew plant (Tradescantia zebrina). The plant needs to have sufficient water in order for photosynthesis and other processes to take place. This is typically done through watering from the bottom up using enough water that it begins to drain out of the pot.

If too little water is given, then it can have a damaging effect on the wandering jew and cause permanent stunting or death of root systems as well as development of yellowing leaves. It’s important to make sure that your plants are hydrated and upon inspection you should also check if they are getting too much or too little water which could be hindering growth.

Additionally, adjusting humidity levels in the environment where your wandering jew is housed can also promote optimal health.

Pest and Disease Management

Pest and disease management can be a challenge when it comes to keeping your Wandering Jew plant healthy and growing. There are a variety of pests and diseases that can attack and damage your plant, including fungi, insects, and viruses.

In this section, we will discuss how to identify and treat common pest and disease problems so that you can keep your plant healthy and growing:

Identifying and treating pests

Pests attack plants in all stages of growth and can cause severe damage as well as reduce yields. Some common symptoms of pest infestations are discoloration to plant leaves, wilting or yellowing leaves or stems, spotting or damage on the surface of the plant or on its roots, and a variety of discolored patches on the plant’s stems and leaves.

The best way to manage pests is to identify them early, before they become established in your garden. Once identified, you can take steps to treat and prevent them from becoming a recurring problem. Some effective ways to address common pests include:

  • Inspecting your plants regularly for signs of infestation – Often it’s not possible to spot certain types of insects until they’ve reached an advanced stage so inspect your plants frequently for signs such as chewed leaves, webbing around a stem, collections of eggs masses or droppings on the leaves themselves.
  • Using biocontrols such as beneficial insects – Using beneficial insects can help control other insect populations naturally without introducing any harmful chemicals into your environment. Examples include ladybugs, lacewings or parasitic wasps that feed on other insect pests.
  • Encouraging helpful predators such as birds – Attracting birds (particularly insectivorous ones) will help keep pests at bay while providing natural pest control in gardens and landscapes alike. Place bird feeders near plants you’re trying to protect; many birds are willing to feast upon various pests that would otherwise damage the foliage of nearby plants.
  • Using pesticides responsibly where necessary – When used properly and judiciously, pesticides provide a safe and effective form of pest management when used according to directions listed on product labels. Carefully select compounds appropriate for use on specific plants; always wear protective gear while applying any pest management strategies regardless of product type!

Identifying and treating diseases

In order to effectively manage diseases in Wandering Jew plants, you must first properly identify the problem. To do this, you should consider the symptoms and compare them to known diseases associated with wandering jew plants. Symptoms can be any changes in the plant’s appearance, growth patterns, leaf color or health. Examples of potential symptoms include:

  • Yellowing leaves or spots on leaves
  • Wilting stems or roots
  • Sluggish growth
  • Weaker green color
  • Slow leaf drop

Once the disease has been identified accurately, it should be treated with a fungicide specifically designed to treat that disease. When applying fungicides and other treatments always read labels carefully before use and follow all instructions carefully for best results. Additionally, a regular prevention program of pruning dead or diseased foliage as soon as it is noticed will reduce the spread of disease throughout your wanderer’s garden.

Finally, make sure you water your wanderer appropriately—not too frequently and not too infrequently as either could lead to fungal problems in your plant’s system if left unchecked over time. Taking proper care of your wanderer is not only important for its own health but also for preventing potential spread of diseases or pests to other plants within your home or garden environment.

Pruning and Propagation

If your wandering jew plant is not growing as you’d hoped, you may want to consider pruning and propagation as possible solutions. Pruning is the process of trimming away dead or damaged parts of the plant, while propagation is the process of generating more plants from existing ones. In this article, we will discuss how both of these methods can be used to help your plant regain its vitality.

Pruning for growth

Pruning is an important and necessary part of successful Wandering Jew plant propagation. Pruning should be done regularly to help stimulate new growth, promote bushiness, and maintain the health of your plant. Keeping the plant in a well-lit and humid environment will also help to prevent any fungal diseases and encourage robust growth.

When pruning, you should remove any old or dead leaves with sharp scissors; being careful to not damage the stem. To prune for better shape and bushiness you can trim off any long stems down to the desired size with sharp scissors or hand pruners. Unwanted stems can also be repotted into a new container – just make sure they are potted with enough space around them, as Wandering Jew plants are known to crowd each other out if given too little growth space.

You can encourage branching by:

  • Pinching off the tip of each stem about two inches from the top when it reaches its desired height. This will force each stem to start branching instead of growing further in height; resulting in a fuller, bushier manner. However, it is important not to overdo this as too much pinching can cause stress for your plant.
  • Pinching frequently during times when sunlight is plenty is recommended for best results if it is something you plan on doing regularly.
  • Staking up the stems if they start becoming too heavy or likely prone to toppling over when exposed to windy conditions or after heavy rainfalls.

Propagation methods

Propagation methods for wandering jew plants vary in their effectiveness, depending on the variety. The most successful approach is to take stem cuttings and root them directly in the soil, either outdoors or in a window box. This method can also be used to propagate tradescantias bought from nurseries. Stem cuttings should be taken when the plant is actively growing and they should be four to six inches long with several sets of intact leaves. Place them in damp soil to initiate root formation; it usually takes six to eight weeks before you see visible signs of growth.

You could also propagate wandering jew plants from leaf cuttings, although this method may not always be successful. To do this, choose young leaves from near the plant’s stem and strip away their bottom halves so that only bare stalks are left. Then place them with the naked bottoms facing downwards into moist soil. After a few weeks, white spider-like roots will begin to form as well as tiny shoots if successful growth occurs.

Whichever method you choose for propagation, make sure that your chosen containers have ample drainage holes at the bottom and use potting soil specifically formulated for cacti or succulents – these help retain moisture without becoming waterlogged easily which can damage your new young shoots. Generally speaking, propagating wander jew swings successfully is a matter of trial and error – some varieties or plants may work better under certain conditions than others; despite best efforts some specimens could simply refuse to regrow anyways!

Troubleshooting Tips

If your Wandering Jew plant is not growing, there can be a few reasons why. It could be a result of inadequate sunlight, being root-bound, issues with humidity, or improper soil. Let’s take a closer look at each of these potential issues to help you troubleshoot why your Wandering Jew plant is not growing:

  1. Inadequate sunlight
  2. Being root-bound
  3. Issues with humidity
  4. Improper soil

Checking soil moisture

Checking soil moisture is an important part of troubleshooting why your wandering jew plant is not growing. The wandering jew plant requires even and consistent soil moisture for its growth. If the soil is too dry, the plant will suffer greatly as a result.

To check if your plant needs water, stick your finger in the soil up to the first knuckle and feel for dryness or dampness. If the soil is dry, provide adequate water for your plant; if it feels damp, wait until it’s dry before watering again.

When watering your wandering jew plant, try to provide a deep soak at each watering session; this means that the water should penetrate at least 12 to 18 inches into the soil and soak through to the root system of the plant. Too frequent shallow waterings can easily saturate near-surface layers of soil before deeply reaching root systems, preventing proper oxygen flow and leading to root rot and other potential health hazards for your plant. Make sure not to over-water as well: aside from encouraging root rot, excess water can lead to stress in plants by literally drowning them out completely!

Checking for root rot

Root rot is a plant disease that can be caused by a number of different fungal organisms. It often manifests itself as yellowing and wilting of leaves. In extreme cases, it can cause the death of the entire plant. If you think your wandering jew plant is not growing, it could be due to root rot.

In order to check for root rot, it is important to look at the roots of the plant. Remove it from its container and inspect the roots. Healthy wandering jew roots should be firm and white. If the roots are black or appear mushy and soft, this is an indication that your plant has root rot.

At this point, you will need to determine what type of root rot your plant has in order to select an appropriate treatment plan. Fungicides are typically used for fungal root rots such as Pythium or Phytophthora species but may not have any effect on bacterial causes of root rot such as Erwinia carotovora or Ralstonia solanacearum species which require copper based fungicides or antibiotics instead in order to treat them effectively.

Once you have identified the cause of your plant’s root rot, it is important to treat your wandering jew immediately in order to salvage it before further damage occurs and in some cases before it becomes irreversible leading inevitably to the death of your beloved houseplant!

Checking for pests and diseases

It is crucial to check for signs of pests and diseases in your wandering jew plant if it appears to be wilted, discolored, or stunted in its growth. Examine the plant carefully for any abnormalities and inspect both the tops and undersides of leaves, throughout the stems and around any roots.

Signs of pests may include small spots, silken webs between leaf nodes, discoloration of leaves caused by insects sucking out the juices or fungus gnats that feed on decaying matter. Proper diagnosis is key to successful pest control. Active infestations may require professional pest control services while lesser infestations can be managed using home remedies such as neem oil or garlic spray.

Common diseases usually attack due to inconsistent watering practices or an imbalance of pH in the soil. Yellowing and wilting leaves can indicate over-watering while curling edges may signal under-watering or root rot due to excess moisture in the soil. Diagnosis is important for determining the best course of action for disease treatment – adjusting watering habits, fertilizing with appropriate nutrients or repotting with new soil are all helpful solutions for keeping a healthy wandering jew plant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is my wandering jew plant not growing properly?

A: There could be several reasons for this, including lack of sunlight, insufficient watering, or temperature fluctuations. Ensure your plant is receiving enough light, water it regularly (without overwatering), and keep it in a stable temperature environment.

Q: My wandering jew plant is turning yellow. What’s wrong?

A: Yellowing leaves on your wandering jew plant typically indicate overwatering. Ensure the plant is not sitting in water, and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

Q: Why are the leaves on my wandering jew plant curling and wilting?

A: This may be due to dry air or lack of humidity. Consider misting the plant or placing a humidifier nearby to introduce moisture to the air.

Q: How often should I fertilize my wandering jew plant?

A: During the growing season (spring through summer), fertilize your wandering jew plant once a month with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Do not fertilize during the winter months when the plant goes dormant.

Q: My wandering jew plant is growing too big. Can I prune it?

A: Yes, you can prune your wandering jew plant to control its size and shape. Simply trim the excess growth with sharp, clean scissors, and take care not to remove more than one-third of the plant at a time.






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