The Houseplant That Wandered Outside
On a whim, I bought three four-inch pots of Wandering Jews (Tradescantia zebrina); they were only two dollars apiece, so I couldn't pass it up. I tucked them into a cone-shaped, birch bark woven hanging basket as a companion to a Rex begonia. When the weather became favorable, I moved them out to hang in the shade of my Santa Rosa plum tree. Unfortunately, the plants weren't too sociable with Rex.
I planted the pot in May (photo right) and by July, the pot was disappearing behind the foliage (photo left). When the middle of August arrived, you couldn't see the hanging basket at all! As houseplants, I never saw these plants grow as quickly as they do outdoors. This container looks remarkable hanging in the shade of a plum tree.