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Asked on Oct 16, 2017

What is the best way to "winter" a Wandering Jew plant?

Sherry RCharlotteJanet Pizaro


I'd like to keep my Wandering Jew plant going until next summer when I can hang it out on my porch again. I was told it can go dormant in the winter months by just keeping it in my basement. I did this once, but it looked terrible throughout the next summer so I cut it back (hoping for new growth) and nearly killed it. Help!!
Love this beautiful plant!!
8 answers
  • Big lulu
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Bring it inside.
  • Laura B
    on Oct 16, 2017

    I have a wondering Jew house plant. I keep it indoors and care for it the same way house plants are cared for, with adequate watering and appropriate sunlight. It’s the easiest plant to care for and the hardest to kill.
    • Lizbeth
      on Dec 15, 2018

      I agree with Laura's answer. I wouldn't try to force it to go dormant indoors. Treat it like a houseplant and be sure it gets adequate light. It WILL likely get a little leggy (longer distance between smaller leaves) compared to how it grew outside but it can be trimmed back a bit when it goes outside next year.

  • Shirley Hearn
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Perhaps cut it back before you store it in the basement and give it a little water once a month while in the basement. If you cut it back you can stick the parts that you cut off into dirt and root them for another hanging basket plant. They are very easy to root from cuttings.
  • Jennifer1
    on Oct 17, 2017

    I have this plant outside. It came with the house when we bought it and I do nothing. I let it do its own thing and it comes back every year and just keeps getting bigger. I didn't even water it when we were having a drought and it is the one of the only things that stayed alive. But I live in Texas so I would say we have mild winters.
    • Nikindls
      on Oct 17, 2017

      Same here. Mine comes back bigger & better every year! Also in Texas 😁
  • Lig5237167
    on Oct 17, 2017

    friend started me a piece of this (also called Purple Heart) in NC; it stayed outside during the summer (partial shade), came in for winter, went back out; then I moved it to WV! put it on the porch for summer, brought in for winters, back out after last frosts (watch for sneaky low temps even after); then moved it to FL....when it got moved, it looked terrible, cats munched (know its a no-no) and thought I would lose it, down here they are in full sun, but mine didnt like it, so added some fresh dirt, same pot, fed/watered, cut off the dead and mangled leaves, put on porch in semi shade.....BEAUTIFUL!!! has grown, flowered, new leaves, seems quite happy now. Good luck, they are very easy to care for and start cuttings too.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 17, 2017

    Re-pot in the next size container,spray the leaves with horticultural oil,bring in doors and place a indirect lighting
  • Charlotte
    on Oct 17, 2017

    My only answer or question is that I wish I could a plug of wondering Jew. There is not a piece to be found in these farming communities around here. There are only small towns for 75-150 miles and without transportation that makes it every more worse. Sorry just had to get it off my chest. Been looking for years.
  • Sherry R
    on Oct 18, 2017

    I take cuttings and root them in pots with my larger house plants. Come spring I take more cuttings and root outside.
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