Rooting Wandering Jew Inchplants: How To Propagate Wandering Jew Plants

The following is a description of the different types of wandering jew plants and their characteristics. Some are common while others are rare or even endangered species. You will learn what to look out for when selecting these plants for your garden.

Wandering Jew (Dendrobium)

These small shrubs have long stems with leaves that grow from short branches. They usually bloom once in three years. Their flowers are white, pink, purple or yellow. These plants need moist soil but do not like full sun so they prefer partial shade. They prefer dry areas where there is plenty of moisture around them.

They are very drought tolerant and tolerate dry conditions well if given time to recover from drying out after blooming season.

It is difficult to propagate wandering jew plants because they require high humidity and low light levels. The best way to propagate them is through cuttings. Cuttings take two years before flowering occurs, so it is better to start cutting off one branch at a time than try to propagate all the branches at once. Cutting off just one branch each year allows enough time for the other parts of the plant to develop and flower.

Hindu Rope (Dendrobium)

These plants bloom once in two years. Each year they grow new stems, which are called canes. The flowers can be purple, pink or white and are native to tropical areas. They thrive in partial shade and moist soil conditions. They can tolerate dry conditions and still survive if watered twice a month.

They like to be indoors most of the year but should not stay under artificial lighting more than 12 hours.

They grow well under fluorescent lighting but do not like direct sunlight. They are very easy to take care of and propagate easily by taking cuttings during the summer months. They can also be propagated by division but this should only be done when the plant is dormant. It is best to pot them in a mixture of peat moss and coarse sand.

Ludisia (Dendrobium)

This plant grows low to the ground and has thin stems. It is one of the hardiest types of wandering jews that can grow even in the shade of trees. They flower once during the summer. The flowers are white and bloom profusely. They are native to eastern Australia and western New Guinea.

They also grow well in containers.

Their canes grow up to 10 inches in height and produce flowers from all sides. They prefer to be kept outdoors and enjoy partial sun or shade. They need a mixture of peat and sand for the soil which should be kept moist at all times.

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Neohydnothedum (Dendrobium)

This plant grows up to 18 inches in height and has thin stems. Their flowers are purple or pink and bloom during the summer months. They thrive in shady areas and need moist soil conditions. The older stems will flower more profusely if they are kept slightly dry before watering.

These types of wandering jew plants have small waxy flowers that do not produce a strong fragrance. They typically grow well in U.S Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9 through 11 but can also survive outside in some parts of zone 8 if kept in containers.

Tulip Wandering Jew (Dendrobium)

This species is easy to grow and will flower once in the summer. The flowers are up to 2 inches across and can be either pink, purple or white. They are native to Australia and grow well in hardiness zones 9 through 11. They prefer humid conditions but can tolerate dry soil conditions if watered weekly.

They prefer full sun but can tolerate some shade. They enjoy a mixture of peat and sand for potting. To propagate them, simply cut off a branch using a sharp knife and allow the cut to dry out before placing it in soil.

Wirthlini (Dendrobium)

This species grows up to 16 inches tall and has thick stems. They are native to the forests of Indonesia. Their flowers come in a wide range of colors and bloom during the summer months. The flowers are up to 2 inches in diameter and bloom only once during their lifetime. They thrive in hardiness zones 10 and 11 but can survive in zones 9 and 12 with the right conditions.

These types of wandering jew plants prefer to be outdoors but can survive in containers if given enough sunlight. They grow best in light shade conditions but can grow in full sun with the right watering and temperature conditions. They grow well in a mixture of peat moss and coarse sand.

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Types of Wandering Jew Plants

As you can see, there are many types of wandering jew plants to choose from. If you are looking for a fun plant that can survive in lower light conditions and not require much maintenance then wandering jew is the plant for you. They can grow in window boxes, planters and even in large containers that are kept outdoors.

Just be sure to give them the right type of soil and light conditions and they should thrive. You can help them bloom more prolifically by keeping their stems slightly dry before watering again. This causes the stems to flower more often.

Most types of these plants can grow in containers and do well indoors as long as they are near an uncovered window and placed in a location where they will get at least 4 hours of sunlight daily. Some species, such as Grotellias, prefer a slightly cooler environment than others.

Another option is to keep the container outside during the warmer months and bring it in during the winter. You can also cut the plants back by about half in late fall in order to encourage new growth and possible flowering during the next warmer season. Be sure to water them before placing them back in the original container or any other container of your choice.

Most types of wandering jew are not poisonous to people or animals but check with someone who knows more about plants than you do if you have any concerns.

Wandering Jew Care Tips

It is generally easy to grow wandering jew plants. They can survive with little maintenance but will thrive with the right care.


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Most types of these plants can grow in either full sun or partial sun but need at least 4 hours of sunlight daily. The sunnier locations will cause the plant to bloom more often. Too much shade will prevent blooming.


Most types of wandering jew plants can grow in temperatures ranging from 45 to 90 degrees F but prefer temperatures in the 70s.


Wandering jew plants can grow in a variety of soil but prefer rich, sandy soil. Sand acts as a drainage layer in case of excess watering. If you use potting soil, look for one that is rich in nutrients and doesn’t contain any peat.


Wandering jew plants like moisture but don’t like soggy soil. Water them well and allow the soil to dry out before watering again. This can take up to a week. Don’t wait until the soil is completely dry because this will cause the roots to rot. Excess water can also cause the roots to become deformed and produce weird growths on the plant which may make it less attractive.


It is not recommended to fertilize most types of wandering jew plants because it may cause excessive leaf growth and fewer flowers. If you do fertilize, look for a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen because this will cause more blooms.

Propagating Wandering Jew

Most types of wandering jew plants can be propagated easily from stem cuttings. Take a 4 – 6 inch cutting from a young plant and strip off the bottom leaves.

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