What is this plant? (Wandering Jew)

I bought this hanging house plant from my local Agway but they had no idea what the name of the plant was. They did show me small buds they said open to white flowers. I hope someone could identify it for me and provide care instructions as well (I.E.: amount of sunlight needed, water, and feeding).

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Thank you in advance
Ron from Farmington, CT

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May 21, 20070 found this helpful

Looks like a Wandering Jew to me! Place your plant in bright indirect or filtered light. Early morning and late day sunshine is ok. If only one side of the plant is getting light... rotate your plant every few days. It may be difficult to feel the soil for moisture... so we'll water this plant by weight and color. When your plant looses some of it's color and starts to appear droopy... it's time to water. Note the weight of the plant when you first purchased it, check your plant every few days noting the weight... when the plant is light... it's time to water. Feed your plant monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Cuttings are very east to root. Place them in water or pot them in good quality potting soil. Cuttings can also be laid on top of moist potting soil to start a new plant. Hope this helps!

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

I have one that looks just like it and it's called a Potato plant.mine said plant in the sun and water as needed[when the dirt has dried out] it's a beautiful plant and the purple flowers just keep coming.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

Does it look like a Wandering Jew but with much smaller leaves...green on top and purple under? If the answer is yes it is a Tahetian Bridal's Veil...LOVE this plant!

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

LOOKS LIKE A CONFEDERATE JASMINE , TO ME . I BOUGHT ONE ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO AND HAVE IT IN A HANGING POT . WHEN IT BLOOMS IT HAS WHITE FLOWERS ON IT THAT SMELL SOOOOOOO GOOD. I HAVE MINE HANGING IN PART SUN , PART SHADE AND WATER ONLY WHEN THE SOIL DRYS OUT TO TOUCH . I AM IN THE SOUTH , SO I JUST LEAVE OUT WINTER AND SUMMER WITH NO PROBLEMS. IF YOU LIVE WHERE IT GETS SNOW AND HARSH TEMPERATURES I WOULD BRING IT IN IN THE WINTER . DO A GOOGLE SEARCH AND TYPE IN CONFEDERATE JASMINE AND SEE IF THE PIC MATCHES YOURS . GOOD LUCK .

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

I'm not sure what the plant is, but if you call your local Extension Office there should be a Ag or Horticultural agent that will let you bring it in and tell you what it is and how to care for it. And I'm pretty sure for free.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

Lois has it right- it is "wandering jew' (also Tahatian Bridal Veil)

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

Its a wandering Jew-tradescantia. Pinch it back or it will get leggy.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

it is not a wandering jew. i dont know what it is but not a w j.

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

Tahitian bridal veil. Very easy to grow. You can get you some more started easily, just snip on an angle under the node (or joint) below a leaf of a section you think is big enough. You will have to take off the bottom couple of leaves before you stick your cuttings in water. In a few weeks you will have plenty of roots to repot it and start you a new one or give to a friend!

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

It is a form of wandering jew called Tahatian Bridal Veil. It is beautiful when the tiny white flowers bloom. Keep it pinched back from time to time so it will thicken up. You can leave some trailers if you like the look. There are a number of plants that have green leaf tops and purple undersides. Grouped together, they are a beautiful sight!

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May 24, 20070 found this helpful

This plant (common name Bridal Veil) is a Tradescantia multiflora, a kind of Wandering Jew. I don't want to sound like a Gardening Nerd, but it's good to get used to using the real names of plants because several different plants can share the same common name, and this is just confusing!

This is a houseplant which needs a lot of indirect bright light and constantly moist, but not wet, soil. (I love the previous comment about noting the weight of your plant when it is well-watered and then when it might be needing a drink and is therefore much less weighty! Very smart!)

If you are hanging this plant outside, it will need to be protected from direct sun; breezy or hot weather will speed soil drying, so keep your watering can handy.

Pinch back (cut off) the leggy stems just past a leaf. 'Leggy' refers to stems which should have closely-spaced leaves but do not, or stems/branches which start to get too long) Pinching back encourages bushiness.

While your plant is new, it is a good idea to make some cuttings, as described above, because if the plant doesn't do well or if it accidentally dries out, you can start another plant if you need to!

Good luck!

Nancy in Nokomis

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October 27, 20150 found this helpful

Thank you , I was beginning to doubt myself.

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May 24, 20070 found this helpful

I had a Wandering Jew like this in my container gardens at our last house...(hardiness zone 8b) When I would pinch it back and throw the cuttings into a pile over the deck, I didn't realize that it was rooting almost immediately. I ended up fighting it as a weed--mostly because of our climate, but also because it roots so easily. Forewarned is forearmed!

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May 29, 20070 found this helpful

I have one of these and it seems to be growing ok. I needed to put it in a bigger pot and when I was transferring it I noticed that the plant was falling apart. Is this normal ? The plant looks healthy but it just falls apart so easily.

Thanks for the help..

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August 1, 20070 found this helpful

I have been searching the internet for two hours trying to find the care (fact sheet) for the exact same plant. I just recently saved mine from a local grocery store. The manger actually gave the poor thing to me for 5.00 so I took it. Now I can't find which type of plant it is or how to take care of it. If there is anyone out there that can help us please...HELP!

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October 18, 20080 found this helpful

This isn't Wandering Jew. It's called Bridal Veil. It loves filtered sun (full eastern sun and evening shade are great for it, too) and looks incredible in a hanging planting bag. If it doesn't get any sun, the little white flowers won't bloom but the foliage will still do well. Wandering Jew has a much more broad leaf and is closer to a succulant, though not actually a succulant. The two share similar colors and are both gorgeous; two of my favorites, in fact.

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June 10, 20100 found this helpful

ALL the varieties of Wandering Jew are great for the thrifty gardener because they are so easy to propagate and work well in semi-shady places. I usually get 3 - 4 of the hanging basket style Wandering Jew plants each season, pop off the hanger attachments, and gradually fill 5 - 10 more containers with clippings over the summer. Later on it's hard to tell the clipping-filled containers from the original plants, they do so well. You can mix 2 or more varieties in one pot for a nice effect. Anywhere you have a bare patch you can add these underneath something taller, like caladium bulbs, and watch them multiply. I like to fill decorative small pots to display, and I give rooted cuttings as "just because" gifts.

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

This doesn't look like a wandering Jew at all. This looks like a bridal veil that is also a creeping plant. These usually grow inside as houseplants in my area (N Michigan), as it can't take the cold temps.

There will be many small white flowers all over the plant when in bloom. It is lovely!

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