The leaf colour giving the illusion of flower petals on the maiden's blush inch plant

Maiden’s Blush arrival a few weeks ago

Hello, again fellow plant people. Today I’ve been potting my maiden’s blush fluminensis tradescantia or wandering jew house plant. It arrived in the post a few weeks ago along with a fair few other cultivars that I’ve had rooting in water. But today I believe it is time to get this beauty potted up properly and see her thrive some more over the next few months.

Going into spring is such a good time to re-pot just about all house plants. This is because the warmer sunnier weather and longer days provide more sunlight for the plant to really start to grow again and acclimatise to its new surroundings. However, with tradescantia, they are mostly happy to be pruned and potted throughout the whole year as they are pretty resilient house plants, and need regular cutting back to bush them further out in their pots.

Rooted tradescantia ready to pot up

Right, let’s jump right into the day then with the below photos showing the beautiful bouquet of what appears as flowers on this Maiden’s Blush inch plant. The pink colour that appears on the leaves gives the illusion of flower petals and this is one reason why I love the plant so much. It’s so different from any other tradescantia out there, and it gives the spiderwort a delicate look that most don’t have. Considering they’re a semi-succulent house plant, this isn’t what you would expect from one.

As you can see the roots have been growing well over the last couple of weeks in the water. I mix between water propagation and simply potting new cuttings straight into the soil. If I have had wandering jew cuttings delivered by post then I find they can be a little dehydrated on arrival, so I like to put them into the water first. This tends to mean there is less shock to them as opposed to being potted straight into a soil mix.

But from my own propagating experience, I can say that most tradescantias are happy to be potted into soil pretty quickly and they don’t have much of a problem rooting quickly this way either. But on a cultivar that I haven’t had before I don’t like to assume this is the same for each. Therefore, I start with water propagation with these to give them the best chance.

Roots on the maiden's blush fluminensis tradescantia
Roots on the maiden’s blush fluminensis tradescantia

The right soil mix to use for potting up maiden’s blush wandering jew

All house plants are different when it comes to the soil that they like to be potted up into. With tradescantias, they are happy with a general compost mix or all-purpose soil. Again they are easy houseplants to look after but if you do want to give them the five-star treatment as I do then there is a specific kind of mix that they will go crazy and love you forever for. I will talk about this in a separate blog as it can be a little technical and today is about my maiden’s blush so we’ll stick with that. But a blog soon will tell you all that you need to know.

Let’s get this maiden’s blush potted up

So with my soil mix at the ready and pot size chosen, I am ready to get potting up. Using my min tool kit for planting I have the right equipment ready to go. So I fill the pot with soil leaving a little of extra space on the top for watering so that the pot doesn’t overflow. Then I take each stem cutting and prep it for potting up.

Multiple roots on each stem

If I have stems like below where there are roots coming off from different lengths of the stem. I cut them off and will still pot these separately in the hope that the empty shoot will throw out a new stem and leaf for a bushier-looking plant. This technique I have started to try this on my quadricolor which you can read about here, so we will find out for sure if it truly works or not. Or how severely you can cut back.

You can see the little stubs of the root end that have been potted next to the leaved stems in the photo above. So I will be able to keep an eye on whether this is successful or not.

I tend to pot going in a clockwise direction around the outside of the pot first. And then if there are any cuttings left I will fill the centre too. Maybe I’m just a little OCD with how I pot my plants up, but I find they bush out then in a more uniform way, so this maiden’s blush inch plant won’t be any different.

The end result from potting up my maiden’s blush fluminensis tradescantia

Once all of the cuttings are potted up I am happy with the result. She does look a little bare right now and not overly full. But this is to be expected when you receive cuttings. It’s the joy of getting them grown yourself into the beautiful plant they can become. So after a quick drop of water to get it settled into the soil mix and roots to have a drink, I’ve placed her in a bright indirect light area in my living room, to begin with, so that she gets the best start over the next few days.

From potting up the maiden’s blush fluminensis tradescantia, I will then move it into a more permanent area in the house…If I can find room somewhere for this to happen, in amongst the rest of the growing collection.

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Potting My Maiden’s Blush Fluminensis Tradescantia

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