Scientific name: Cissus amazonica
Synonyms: Amazon Jungle Vine, Grape Ivy Plants
The Amazon Jungle Vine has been creating quite a buzz over the last few months as a bit of a plant collectors favourite online. This interesting vining houseplant is related to the grape family and is native to Brazil, where it can be found growing in the warm, humid jungle environment.
With its natural habitat in mind, the main aspect of care to get right with this plant concerns its placement - it’s a humidity lover and given the right conditions, will really flourish. It is more sensitive to low humidity than other plants so this is something to bear in mind.
The Amazon Jungle Vine prefers bright, indirect light and a well draining potting mix. Water regularly using water at room temperature during Spring and Summer but don’t allow the plant to sit in water in its cache pot. Be sure not to overwater in Winter, keeping the potting mix just moist, this is when the plant can have a period of dormancy (if temperatures allow).
The Cissus amazonica has a versatile growth habit; it can vine up a trellis or allow to trail off a shelf or in a hanger as part of a multiple hanging arrangement. It’s foliage is similar in appearance to the Alocasica amazonica (just on a more delicate scale!) and the pair would also look great styled together in a corner of a bright, humid bathroom to create those jungle vibes!
Note: Please be aware that whilst the plant is non-toxic and pet friendly, it’s best to keep out of reach of children and pets (hanging it would be a great way of doing this!)
Follow these instructions to keep your Amazon Jungle Vine healthy and happy.
Water: Keep the soil moist at all times during the warmer months and allow the top layer (about 1-2cms) to dry out during winter.
Light: Medium to bright light is best. Keep out of direct sun.
Humidity: High humidity is needed to keep this plant happy! Mist often or invest in a humidifier for your plant
Fertilize: Feed with a diluted organic fertilizer every two weeks during spring and summer. Reduce to once a month in winter.
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