How to propagate wandering jew or inch plant from cutting in cocopeat

The Wandering Jew, or Inch Plant (Tradescantia spp.), is a popular and easy-to-grow houseplant known for its striking foliage and quick growth. Propagating this plant from cuttings using cocopeat is a simple and effective method. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you propagate Wandering Jew from cuttings in cocopeat.

Materials Needed

  • Healthy Wandering Jew plant
  • Sharp, sterilized pruning shears or scissors
  • Cocopeat (coconut coir)
  • Small pots or containers with drainage holes
  • Watering can or spray bottle
  • Clear plastic wrap or a humidity dome (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Select Healthy Cuttings
    • Choose a healthy stem from the parent plant.
    • Select stems that are about 4-6 inches long and have at least a few nodes (the points where leaves attach to the stem).
  2. Prepare the Cuttings
    • Use sharp, sterilized pruning shears or scissors to make a clean cut just below a node.
    • Remove the lower leaves to expose at least one node, leaving a few leaves at the top.
  3. Prepare the Cocopeat
    • Moisten the cocopeat by soaking it in water and then squeezing out the excess.
    • Fill small pots or containers with the moistened cocopeat.
  4. Plant the Cuttings
    • Make a small hole in the cocopeat with your finger or a pencil.
    • Insert the cut end of the stem into the hole, ensuring at least one node is buried in the cocopeat.
    • Firmly press the cocopeat around the base of the cutting to provide support.
  5. Create a Humid Environment
    • Cover the pots with clear plastic wrap or a humidity dome to maintain moisture and warmth (optional but beneficial).
    • Ensure the plastic does not touch the cuttings. Use sticks or stakes to support the plastic if needed.
  6. Watering
    • Water the cocopeat lightly to keep it consistently moist but not waterlogged.
    • Use a spray bottle or watering can to maintain even moisture.
  7. Provide Light and Warmth
    • Place the pots in a warm location with bright, indirect sunlight.
    • Maintain a temperature between 65-75°F (18-24°C).
  8. Monitor Growth
    • Check the cuttings regularly for signs of new growth.
    • Keep the cocopeat moist and the environment humid.
  9. Transplanting
    • Once the cuttings have developed a strong root system and new growth is visible, they can be transplanted.
    • Carefully transplant the rooted cuttings into larger pots or directly into the garden.

Tips for Success

  • Sterilize Tools: Always sterilize pruning shears to prevent disease transmission.
  • Humidity: Maintaining high humidity is crucial for root development.
  • Light: Ensure the cuttings receive bright, indirect sunlight for optimal growth.
  • Patience: Propagation takes time. Be patient and consistent with care.
  • Temperature: Keep the cuttings in a warm environment for best results.


Propagating Wandering Jew from cuttings in cocopeat is an easy and rewarding process. By following these steps and providing proper care, you can successfully propagate new plants and enjoy the vibrant foliage of Wandering Jew in your home or garden.

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