wandering-7311My mother has an incredible green thumb. She could plant an oasis in the middle of the Sahara Desert with her eyes closed. Sadly, the same can not be said about me…but it’s not for want of trying. My latest plant project is this gorgeous purple/green gem that my daughter and I found in our local hardware store. I had no idea what it was even called, until a few helpful plant identifiers came to the rescue over on Instagram. Apparent “Lila” (that’s our plant’s name) is a Wandering Jew, and is supposedly “fairly easy to care for.”


Lila reminds me of the sort of hanging plants that my mom filled our home with when I was small. The kind that can sprout new plants after you soak their clippings in water (we always had jars full of rooting plant stems on our windowsills when I was little), so I’m going to clip a few and see what happens. If nothing else, I can enjoy the nostalgia that I’ll feel every time I see them on my countertop.


I hesitate to be overly-optimistic, but Lila’s lasted almost two whole weeks and still looks great! This might be a new record for me! Fingers crossed (especially for her sake) that my cursed brown thumb is turning a mottled green. Time will tell.

In the meantime, if you’ve been gifted with the ability to keep plants alive, I’d love any suggestions that you might have on helping this one thrive. She currently resides near a window with filtered/indirect sun, and I’m watering her once a week. Does that sound right?

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  1. Lindsay / / Reply

    I have that same variety of plant on my desk! (My type of wandering jew is also called “Baby Bunny Bellies” for the velvetly soft underbelly of the leaf). Unfortunately, I was negligent and let it dry to a brown crisp. So, I cut it the stems down to the dirt and started completely over. Lo and behold, 6 weeks later I have a lush, crawling plant! Don’t ever give up! My tips: don’t let it get too hot / direct sunlight; water only when the top 1″ or so of soil is totally dry; and then water under a gentle faucet stream, until the water runs out of the bottom of the plant, so that you know it’s saturated; saying good morning and good night to it doesn’t hurt either ;-)

  2. ella / / Reply

    Wow that’s gorgeous! Pretty funny, in New Zealand wandering jew is a massive pest and people are always ripping it out.. if one little piece of root is left behind we’ll soon have a forest of it again, so it will totally grow from cuttings :)

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