Caractéristiques de la plante
- Cissus verticillata : Princess vine
- Family: Vitacae
- Origin : Mexico, caribeans
- Height in its natural environment : 15 m
- Hardiness : 2 °C
- Colour of the flower : yellow /green
Height : about 5 to 20 cm (depending on seasons)
Descriptif de la plante
Indeed, our liana clings to other plants in order to develop a real network of aerial roots, which can reach a height of about fifteen meters, and of such a density that they form a real plant curtain! And a colored curtain, moreover, taking yellow, ochre, pink, red tints absolutely striking... You can literally watch them growing, they can lengthen in their natural environment of more than one centimeter per hour!
The roots of the Cissus verticillata are so breathtaking, that they would steal the show from its elegant heart-shaped leaves, and its funny black berries forming strange grape clusters that birds love.
This climber is particularly strong, it is easily used for all kinds of ties. The young stems also contain a watery liquid which would alleviate the thirst of the feverish, from where its nickname of "liana has water".
Magnificent indoor plant, living room, veranda, bathroom, kitchen, any bright room will suit it to create its natural curtain!
Conseils de culture
When you receive your plant, repot it in a pot slightly larger than the bucket, which must be well pierced. Avoid pot covers which prevent residual water from draining away and encourage fungal diseases. Choose a fine potting soil, ideally with added perlite or sand to lighten the substrate (do not use garden soil or acidic soil such as heather). Then plan two repottings per year (spring and autumn), gradually increasing the size of the pot and adapting it to the size of the root network (the roots must have room, but not too much as the plant must be able to dry out its substrate between waterings). This avoids having to add fertilizer, which always risks burning the fragile roots of the plants and making the plant wither as soon as the fertilizer is stopped.
Copious watering: when watering, the entire root ball should be wet, then wait for the substrate to dry on the surface before watering again. These plants are greedy in water, but you should not drown the roots either. Always water at the base of the plant, and do not mist it, because stagnant water in the armpit of the leaves favors cryptogamic diseases. If your atmosphere is too dry, put bowls of water nearby (above radiators for example), so that evaporation humidifies the air.
For an indoor planting
A true houseplant, place it in a warm and bright place, like a veranda or behind a window, direct sunlight suits them perfectly.
For an outdoor planting
This plant is not frost and/or cold resistant and should not be planted outside except in limited parts of Southern Europe.
Our plants are grown naturally, without chemical fertilizers, so we advise you to repot them regularly (twice a year) rather than adding fertilizer.
In case of pest attack
If your plants are under attack by aphids or other pests, the best way to control them is by hand. Change their soil, remove as many undesirables as possible by hand and then shower your plants with a strong stream of water to eliminate any eggs that may be present. Spray them (insist on the underside of the leaves) with liquid black soap diluted in water. Repeat the operation several times at a few days interval. Take them outside in good weather, rain, sun and wind will kill most of the aggressors!
Rayon de Serre's word
Provide this vine with a solid structure to climb on and drive it as desired.
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