A healthy and fuller looking green hill mundula tradescantia after pruning

When you know it’s time for a cut back on your tradescantia green hill mundula

To begin with I’d like to point out that the tradescantia green hill mundula is also commonly known as ‘moses in the cradle’. This is just to save confusion from the get-go so that we’re all on the same page and on the same tradescantia.

Now when do you know that it’s time to cut back and prune your wandering jew house plant, and in this case my green hill? Well, when it looks a little like this.

Green hill mundula tradescantia in need of a pruning session
Green hill mundula tradescantia in need of a pruning session

What I love about these houseplants is the rate at which they grow. And the green hill tradescantia is no different. With it having fully green leaves, it thrives in bright indirect sunlight. And as opposed to many of the variegated inch plants it has more chlorophyll in the leaves to throw out what appears like mass production.

So as you can see the green hill spiderwort here is looking a little bit unkept, and in need of a prune. It’s starting to overhang in the pot in which it is placed in. Usually, I don’t mind, but there is a little bit more mess going on in the depths of the plant itself too. I have some rather unhappy-looking foliage.

Tradescantia and wet leaves are a disaster

A little tip for anyone with tradescantia or anyone who wants to know a little bit of inside information. Wandering jews hate their leaves getting wet. It’s something they just don’t cope with very well at all. And it’s something that on my green hill mudula I just haven’t been as careful with. Every time you wanter your inch plant, if you get water onto the leaves, this allows the extra moisture to settle there. And in turn, the tradescantia leaf or leaves in question will start to turn yellow and then rot off altogether.

This is bad news for the plant itself as losing leaves is never a good sign. So it’s best to be careful when you do water to avoid this from happening. There are special thin-spouted watering cans that can help reduce this massively. And as it happens I do have one, but I have been lazy the last few times watering and now I’m paying the price. So it’s great as a lesson to myself and to share with you all too.

Pruning back the dead and unhealthy leaves on my green hill inch plant

From the images above I think you can agree that it’s not looking its best right now. So it’s time to start pruning the dead and unhealthy leaves off of the green hill (moses in the cradle). I use the fine-cutting tool that I use for all of my trimmings, which can be seen in other blogs. This is a small and narrow blade that helps to not take off more than you need to. And it is much easier to get into all the small spaces that tradescantia create with their foliage.

Dead leaves taken from green hill tradescantia when pruning back
Dead leaves were taken from green hill tradescantia when pruning back

I begin with the dead leaves and cut all of these off and there is more than what I first expected there to be. It doesn’t make me feel like a proud house plant owner, but getting the tradescantia back to full health does. So it’s all part of the learning lessons we have to go through. I fill half a small glass with all the dead and then damaged or dying (yellow) leaves to give it the best chance of bouncing back.

And what’s really amazing is that whilst I was cutting off the dead, I could already see new shoots starting to make their way out of the soil. They are such resilient plants that they amaze me each time they show me things like this. And in turn, I can’t wait to then share them with you too.

New green hill mundula tradescantia shoots coming through
New green hill mundula tradescantia shoots coming through

The new shoots are in the middle left of the image and towards the middle bottom as well. They are only tiny but this is a sign of the plant still being healthy and fighting back from my careless watering habit.

Now onto the pruning of the leaves

Now that all of the dead has been removed from closer to the soil of the inch plant, it’s time to give her a haircut. With plenty of space now in the top of the pot, I will take the pruned cuttings of the green hill mundula spiderwort and re-pot them straight back into the soil. This will allow the plant to bush out again and with careful watering, I shouldn’t have the same problem again.

It will also allow the opportunity for the pruned stems to re-shoot from further down towards the base of the plant again. This in turn creates a bushier plant and stops the tradescantia from getting too leggy. You notice this when the gap between the leaves gets further apart. And it’s a sure sign that it needs a good trim back to encourage more growth.

With the cuttings, I usually take off the bottom leaf so that when planting them, they go further into the soil. And this allows for roots to form from both the bottom where the cut has been made, and from the node where the leaf has been taken off. I prune a good chunk of the green hill mundula tradescantia back and mostly these cuttings go straight back in to form new shoots. Some are too small to plant back up but taking the ends off some of the stems encourages growth further back down the plant. And this is exactly what I am after.

I take a few of the cuttings and package them up to one side. These will be going to their new home from my recent Etsy UK sale. And they’ll be wrapped well to prevent damage along their upcoming journey.

The final result of my pruned green hill (moses in the cradle)

Once I have finished the green hill inch plant is looking much healthier and fuller on the top again. It’s as though it’s had a full hair transplant and in a couple of months, the long leafy locks will be on show glistening in the summer sunshine. Maybe I got a little carried away there, but she’ll be growing well for sure. And I will continue to be careful with the watering to not damage any more leaves in the process.

It’s times like this when I enjoy being a tradescantia fanatic even more. To see how much of a difference I can make. And to pass this joy onto others at the same time.

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