Grape Ivy - Plant
Easily grown in St. Louis as a houseplant. Use a well-drained, peaty potting mixture. Prefers bright indirect light, but plants generally tolerate a variety of lighting conditions.Apply consistent moisture from spring to fall, allowing soils to dry before re watering.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Cissus alata||Yellowish green,||Seasonal bloomer||6.00 to 10.00 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Grape ivy (Cissus rhombifolia) is not really an ivy, but a tropical plant. The plant is part of the grape family of plants and is considered a vine. Grape ivy originates from Central and South America but grows as a houseplant in cooler climates.
The plant does well outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 12. Grape ivy is a climbing plant but maintains a compact growth habit when you prune it in spring. Other names of this plant include oak leaf ivy and Venezuela tree vine.
|Part shade||Well-drained soil||Medium||68-82 F.||Apply any organic fertilizer|
- As mentioned above, when caring for grape ivy, a low light exposure is most advantageous, although grape ivy can tolerate bright to moderate light if kept sufficiently moist.
- Allow soil of grape ivy to dry slightly between waterings, taking care not to over irrigate.
- Soil considerations when growing grape ivy is important as the root systems require excellent aeration.
- A potting mixture of peat combined with particles such as bark, perlite, Styrofoam and calcined clay, is the best medium in how to care for grape ivy houseplants.
Special features: Hanging baskets, containers or as a vine on a room-dividing trellis.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: English ivy is primarily for external use; as a wash for sores, burns, cuts, dandruff, and other skin problems. In the right quantity, this herb will reduce swollen glands, calm fevers, and cure dropsy.