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How to Grow Zebrina

Zebrina pendula
Zebrina pendula, purple wandering Jew

Zebrina is a trailing tropical plant that closely resembles Trandescantia, wandering Jew. For that similarity, Zebrina is known as purple wandering Jew.

Zebrina is a rapidly growing plant with variegated green and white striped upper leaves that and deep reddish-purple on the undersides.

Zebrina is a good choice for hanging baskets or containers that allow the branches to trail over the sides.

Get to Know Zebrina

  • Plant type: Tropical perennial
  • Growing Zones and range: 10-12
  • Hardiness: Tender; prefers daytime temperatures between 70° and 80°F (21°-27°C) and nighttime temperatures not less than 55°F (13°C).
  • Height and width: Trailing branches can grow to 36 inches (91cm) long
  • Foliage: Variegated green and white striped leaves on the upper surface, reddish-purple underneath.
  • Flowers: Insignificant blooms
  • Uses: Houseplant
  • Botanical name: Zebrina
  • Common name: Purple wandering Jew
Zebrina, purple wandering Jew plant
Zebrina, purple wandering Jew plant

Where to Plant Zebrina

  • Zebrina grows best in bright to moderate light from a northern or eastern exposure.
  • Grow Zebrina in standard indoor potting soil.

How to Water and Feed Zebrina

  • Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Mist daily. Zebrina prefers 40 to 45 percent humidity.
  • Fertilize Zebrina every 2 weeks during the growing season with a mild liquid fertilizer.

Zebrina Care

  • Repot Zebrina when the roots occupy ½ of pot space.
  • Pinch off growing tips to make the plant bushy.
  • Allow the plant to rest from late fall through winter; slowly reduce water, keeping the soil barely moist; feed once a month.
  • Zebrina is susceptible to mealybugs, mites, scale, slugs, and whiteflies.

Zebrina Propagation

  • Propagate Zebrina by stem cuttings.

Zebrina Varieties to Grow

  • Zebrina pendula is the most common form; ‘Quadricolor’ grows purplish green leaves with longitudinal bands of white, pink, and carmine red; ‘Purpusii’ has leaves of dark red or greenish-red.

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