Grape Ivy

Grape Ivy
Plant Type
Sunlight Amount
Grape Ivy Cissus
Credit: Dean Schoeppner
Grape Ivy Cissus
Grape Ivy

If you have a black thumb, grape ivy is the plant for you. It's easy to grow, forgiving when you forget to water, and adds a touch of the tropics to any space. Grape ivy is a vine, so shows to advantage in hanging baskets and urns where it will cascade over the side. Plant it in a container with a trellis and for a bright vertical accent. Count on this hardworking houseplant to thrive for years.

genus name
  • Cissus
plant type
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • 3 to 8 feet
  • 1-3 feet wide

Grape Ivy Care Must-Knows

Medium to bright light is a just right for grape ivy. It grows well in average household temperatures and humidity. Don't hesitate to move it outside during the summer; it will thrive when temperatures are above 50°F. Move it inside in fall when temperatures dip below 50°F.

Grape ivy grows best when its soil dries out slightly between waterings. Only water when the soil is dry to the touch, then water the plant thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain out of the bottom of the pot. If your pot is in a saucer, dump the collected water shortly after watering. Overwatering or excessively moist soil causes grape ivy to drop its leaves.

Grape ivy doesn't require fertilization, but you will get faster growth with the application of an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer per label directions. The best time to fertilize is summer when the plant is actively growing.

More Varieties of Grape Ivy

Begonia cissus Cissus discolor
Credit: Marty Baldwin

Begonia Grape ivy

Cissus discolor dazzles with its silver splashed foliage with maroon undersides. It requires warmer temperatures and higher humidity than grape ivy, so it is more challenging to grow.

Oakleaf ivy Cissus rhombifolia 'Ellen Danica'
Credit: Jay Wilde

'Ellen Dancia' Grape ivy

This variety of Cissus rhombifolia has larger leaves than most grape ivy, giving it a bold presence.

Grape ivy Cissus rhombifolia
Credit: William N. Hopkins

Grape ivy

Cissus rhombifolia grows well in a hanging basket or trained to a moss pole. It makes an excellent plant for the office or home.

Grape ivy
Credit: Marty Baldwin

'Mandiana' Grape ivy

This Cissus rhombifolia cultivar of grape ivy grows more upright than most varieties. This is a great cultivar for growing on a trellis.

Wax cissus rotundifolia
Credit: Dean Schoeppner

Wax Grape ivy

Cissus rotundifolia, with fleshy, waxy, rounded green leaves is more succulent than other members of the family. That means it needs less water. It also is a slower grower, maintaining a rounded tabletop form with just a little pruning.


Be the first to comment!