Can a wilted Wandering Jew plant be saved? It was left in cold weather

by Tdot
It was on an enclosed back porch, but temperature dropped, and it is now very wilted looking.

  6 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 30, 2017

    you can try to re-pot it in fresh soil and place in a bright location.once it re-adjusts to the normal house temperature give it a little trim

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Dec 30, 2017

    Keep well watered and hope for the best. If you can cut a piece, put it in water, maybe for a new plant start.

  • Sandra M. Willis Sandra M. Willis on Dec 30, 2017

    I would cut the damage off, bring it inside, water it sparingly and see if it puts out new growth. If it didn't freeze the root system it can be saved. If the roots froze, have a funeral and buy a new one.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 30, 2017

    Bring it in, water it with tepid water and hope for the best. Wandering Jew can be tenacious, it all depends on if it can survive the cold it got hit with.

  • Amir Hyman Amir Hyman on Jan 03, 2023

    It is possible to save a wilted Wandering Jew plant (Tradescantia zebrina) that has been left in cold weather, but it will depend on the severity of the cold damage. Here are a few steps you can try to save a wilted Wandering Jew plant that has been left in cold weather:

    1. Bring the plant indoors: If the plant is still outside, bring it indoors and place it in a warm, well-lit location.
    2. Check the soil moisture: If the soil is dry, water the plant thoroughly. Be sure to allow the excess water to drain away, as Wandering Jew plants are sensitive to over-watering.
    3. Check for pests: Pests, such as aphids or mealybugs, can cause a Wandering Jew plant to wilt by sucking the plant's sap. Check the plant for signs of pests and treat it as necessary.
    4. Prune away any wilted or damaged leaves: Removing any wilted or damaged leaves can help to improve the overall health of the plant.

    If the plant is severely wilted or if the above steps do not help to revive it, it may not be possible to save it. In this case, it may be best to remove the plant and start anew.

    Keep in mind that Wandering Jew plants are not tolerant of cold temperatures and should be protected from frost. To prevent cold damage in the future, be sure to bring the plant indoors or provide it with adequate protection during cold weather.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 06, 2023

    They are hardy plants. Repot the plant in fresh soil, cut is back (give it a good haircut) and see if it pulls out or not.

    My mom used to take down her plants and let them sit in the bathtub and drain out after watering them. This allows the plant to really get soaked.