Grape Ivy

Grape Ivy
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Grape Ivy Cissus
Credit: Dean Schoeppner
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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
height
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • 3 to 8 feet
width
  • 1-3 feet wide
propagation

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.

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