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Cissus adenopoda

A vigorous, tropical evergreen climber with leaves composed of three slightly hairy leaflets; they are dark pink on the underside. This species climbs using tendrils, but is usually allowed to trail down from a hanging basket. A good houseplant for a lightly shaded position.

Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Pink
Summer Green Pink
Autumn Green Pink
Winter Green Pink
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Vitaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Climbing
Genus

Cissus can be perennials, shrubs or climbers, sometimes with succulent stems or rootstocks, and with simple or palmately lobed or divided, evergreen leaves and clusters of insignificant flowers followed by small berries

Name status

Unresolved

Plant range
W Tropical Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in pots of loam-based compost in bright, filtered light. Water freely while in growth and apply a balanced liquid feed monthly; water sparingly in winter. Pot on or top dress in spring

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

See pruning group 11; pinch out young plants to encourage bushiness

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite, glasshouse whitefly and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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