This grape ivy is native to eastern Africa and the Middle East. It’s part of the Vitaceae family, so it behaves in the same way as edible grape vines, just without the grapes. That means lots of climbing! Ours climbs up a tall trellis to give it extra support.
As houseplants go, the grape vine is very easy to look after. It’s easy going when it comes to light, making it a great plant for beginners. The waxy layer on a grape vine’s round, glossy leaves is brilliant at retaining moisture, so you don’t have to worry too much about a missed watering. Very similar in appearance to an extra large Chinese money plant, the grape ivy is a fast grower and will happily climb or trail. If yours is getting a little out of hand, just give it a good haircut. Or, to encourage new growth, water it regularly when it’s warm and give it a dose of fertiliser once a month in spring and summer.
Did you know?
Marge’s botanical name, cissus rotundifolia, comes from ‘kissos’ which is ivy in Greek.