The Tradescantia ‘Bubble Gum’ has the most joyful pops of bright pinky-purple hues that’s sure to become a new favourite among plant enthusiasts.
Growing pot size: 10 cm
- Easy care fast-growing vine that will add that pop of colour anywhere you put it.
- Grow them in hanging baskets to show off their stunning trailing vines or cascading off the corner of a desk.
- At their prime, a single stem can eventually grow to 1.8 meters tall!
- Mildly toxic, keep out of reach from pets and children.
Growing pot size: 10 cm
The Lone Wanderer
It is said that the Wandering Dude gets its name from a Christian myth of the Wandering Jew. Condemned to wander the earth for eternity, the Wandering Jew, like the plant, will eventually travel everywhere around the world.
An Excellent Grower
Wandering Dudes are great indoor and outdoor plants. In some countries, when grown outside they grow so well they’re actually considered an invasive plant! These traits make them excellent indoor plants. You can also grow them outdoors, but be careful - if not properly maintained, they can easily become invasive to your beloved garden.
Where is it from?
Tradescantias are found typically in the Americas, from Canada to Northern Argentina, as well as the West Indies. In the wild, they can be found growing individually or in clumps in open fields and woody areas.
How to Care for the Wandering Dude
Light: Place in bright to medium light with no direct sun. More light will give you more of that eye-catching bubble gum pink we all love!
Water: Allow the top 5 cm of the soil to dry before watering. They can survive if you forget to water them here and there.
Soil: Use a 50/50 ratio of draining materials and high organic soil.
Propagation: Wandering Dudes are the best for propagating! Take stem cuttings and place in moist soil. You can also place in a jar of water, but they take in soil very well.
Repotting: These plants are excellent growers. Check to see if your plant needs repotting every 12-18 months, or when the roots start to grow out of the pot’s holes. Increase pot size by 5 cm each time you repot.
Is the Wandering Dude ‘Bubble Gum’ for me?
Whatever life has to throw at it, this bright and cheery plant just keeps on growing! The Tradescantia family are famously known for their ability to spread like wildfire, and being tolerant of prolonged bouts of neglect. The ‘Bubble Gum’ variety is a must-have plant for all plant lovers, and with their gorgeous bright pink hues, it’s bound to become a new favourite!
Common Problems and Questions
How do I stop my Wandering Dude from growing long and leggy?
If you want a more compact, fuller-looking plant, prune regularly and remove broken or damaged stems. You can place them back in the soil to root, which will eventually become another plant!
How quick does my plant grow?
Wandering Dudes grow very fast in warm temperatures, and have been seen to grow as much as an inch per week in growing seasons! Of course, good light levels and watering requirements must be met to help them grow quickly.
Why are my leaves turning green?
Variegated plants can start turning green because of a lack of light. Over-watering can also turn your plant yellow but the most common reason is low light levels. Move your plant to a bright spot and watch it flourish!
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