Grape Ivy

Grape ivy, scientifically known as Cissus rhombifolia, is a charming and versatile vine native to Central and South America. It belongs to the grape family (Vitaceae) and is popularly grown as a houseplant due to its lush, trailing foliage and ease of care. The name “grape ivy” is derived from the resemblance of its leaves to those of grapevines, though it is not related to true ivy plants.

The leaves of grape ivy are glossy, deep green, and typically have three to five leaflets arranged in a diamond or rhombus shape, hence its species name “rhombifolia”. The stems are slender and flexible, allowing them to gracefully cascade from hanging baskets or climb up supports if trained accordingly. In its natural habitat, grape ivy can produce small, inconspicuous flowers followed by clusters of berries, though these are rare in indoor settings.

 

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Pot Size

17cm, 19cm

Approx Height (incl pot)

45cm, 50cm

Common Name

Grape Ivy

Latin Name

Cissus rhombifolia

Watering

Keep the soil consistently moist during the growing season (spring through Autumn), but avoid waterlogging or allowing the roots to sit in standing water, as this can lead to root rot. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Reduce watering frequency during the winter months when growth slows down.

Feeding

Feed grape ivy with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength every 2-4 weeks during the growing season to promote healthy foliage growth. Avoid fertilizing during the dormant winter period.

Humidity

Grape ivy appreciates moderate to high humidity levels, so consider using a humidifier or placing the plant on a pebble tray filled with water to increase ambient moisture, especially during the dry winter months.

Toxic to Cats/Dogs/Children

This plant is toxic if consumed

Temperature

Maintain average room temperatures between 18°C to 24°C.

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