The ease of care and brightly colored leaves of a wandering Jew have made it one of the more popular houseplants. Because of its beauty, you may want to have more than one plant around. And with the ease of care, you may want to share it with friends. To accomplish both of these, you must propagate your wandering Jew.
Look for three to five healthy plant tips you can remove from the wandering Jew without detracting from its appearance. Wandering Jew plants regenerate growth where they are pruned in a few months.
Cut the portions of the plant off in sections about 3 inches long. The sections must be short because the energy of the plant needs to go to generating roots instead of keeping foliage alive.
Remove the leaves on the bottom of the plant and dip the stem in rooting hormone powder. The rooting hormone powder stimulates root development and prevents the stem from rotting.
Place all of the cuttings in one 3-inch pot filled with a peat moss and sand or a peat moss and perlite mixture. You'll want to place several in a pot because some cuttings may not survive and you need a bushy new plant. Also, be sure to point the tips in opposite directions around the pot so the stems won't all trail to one side. This creates a round plant.
Keep the Wandering Jew propagation in a warm spot where it can receive bright, but filtered, sunlight. Water the new plant when it dries out, but be careful not to over-water because wandering Jew propagations can be susceptible to rot.
Wait several months for roots to develop. New growth is a sure sign rooting has taken place. Once the wandering Jew cuttings have rooted, treat them as a mature plant. Propagate several small pots of wandering Jew and combine them into one large pot when they root to create a full hanging basket.