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Old 06-23-2014, 11:39 AM
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Help with my wandering jew


My aunt sent me 3 clippings from her purple wandering jew. Only 1 problem. There is no leaf node on any of the 3 inch stems. There is the top leaves then just a smooth stem. Nowhere for me to even cut leaves to create a node for rooting. Will these still produce roots?? I currently have them sitting in a glass of water in my kitchen window. Waiting for advice!
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:04 PM
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Leave them in a sunny window in the glass of water and they should start getting roots within a week or so.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:37 PM
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Ok thanks!
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:39 PM
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Just make sure you have at least one segment completely under the water.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:10 PM
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By segment do you mean where the leaf and stem meet? I'm pretty new to the houseplant world.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:25 PM
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I'm not an expert by any means, but if I had the cuttings, this is what I would do:

Since the only leaf node you have is at the top of the cutting, I would plant it in soil with the base of the leaves/nodes right at the surface of the soil. Keep the soil moist but not wet and hopefully it will start to send some roots down into the soil without the leaves dying before new growth starts.

Maybe try one in soil that way and the others in water, keeping the water up to the node....either way, good luck!
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:46 PM
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I think I may try this. My aunt claims all she needs to do is stick a broken stem in dirt and she gets a new plant. Of course she lives in Arizona and I live in missouri, so there may be a difference in how the plant reacts.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:40 PM
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Hun, you aunt is right. You can just stick them anywhere and they will grow and make a new plant. Either way that Tom and sherie told you. Water or dirt. You will get the same results. But in my experience they root fast in water but after you see roots an inch or 2 long move it to a pot and plant it. All it takes is 1 leaf of a wandering Jew to start a new plant. Good luck. I'm sure you can do it. Oh, change the water on the cuttings everyday or so, so it doesn't get icky.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:02 PM
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Thanks Tess1893! I am going to try one in soil and the other 2 in water.
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Old 06-24-2014, 05:50 AM
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Oh you're welcome, that we we learn someone tells us how to do it, its just up to us if we listen.
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Old 07-06-2014, 03:36 PM
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Well just to update this...
I left all 3 in water for a week after this. 1 ended up turning brown and mushy. So I planted the remaining 2 in soil. I am happy to report they have taken root. I noticed they had tiny pinkish purple flowers in between the leaves too! Thanks for all the advice everybody!!
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Old 07-06-2014, 03:42 PM
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well glad to hear your wandering jew took off and doing fine and rooted for you very good news congratulations
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Old 07-06-2014, 04:20 PM
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Way to go Gardennerd! So glad you got some going.
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Thumbs upCongratulations!


Always wonderful when something roots!


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Old 07-07-2014, 10:50 AM
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Thanks everybody!! I always feel like I've completed some great feat when I get a plant to grow!
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