If velvety purple, green and silver leaves that thrill you all summer long are your thing - and they most definitely should be - meet your ideal match: Cissus discolor. These colourful relatives of grape vines grow vigorously in summer then can slow down all winter or even be somewhat semi-deciduous in cold homes. The secret? Keep Cissus discolor Begonia Vine in a bright spot, don’t let the soil dry out in summer. Then pull back on the watering in winter and prune back (like a grape vine) and watch it resprout in spring-summer.
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Note: these are planted with just one Hoop.
Light Requirements: Bright Indirect Light is ideal.
Moisture & Soil Requirements: It prefers evenly moist soil. Water deeply when the container feels light or when the top few centimetres of the soil is dry but don't let this dry out. Use a self-watering planter for an easy life.
Growth & Nutrients: This grape relative grows much like a small grapevine: soft green new growth, woodier old growth. Soft tendrils wrap around anything nearby for support and is happiest when growing up a trellis by or other support. It grows up to 2.5m and is a great addition to a covered patio outdoors for the summer.
Like Grapes, these Cissus discolor vines may also die back over winter but don’t dismay, keep the faith and cut it back to the thicker woodier growth and keep it in a warm place, less water and watch it resprout in spring-summer.
Temperature, Humidity & Ambient requirements: Prefers warm environments inside and prefers medium - humidity levels.
Toxicity: Non-toxic to pets and people. Do not eat though...
Plant Size Guide
The plant in the photos is an example and an approximate guide only however we try to show an average sized example. Sizes, flowering state and colours change throughout the seasons and variation will occur. In summer & autumn, plants are often larger or the same size as than the example picture but around winter and spring, they can be a little smaller but still at a size similar to the example. We aim to update the pictures to reflect significant differences.
Plant Heights - because the plant's foliage must fit inside our Plant Cartons, the actual height of a plant's central trunk (meristem) will be shorter than the box it fits in.
Small Plants - 14cm wide nursery pot - 1 Litre volume - Plants fit in a 50cm tall box.
Medium Plants - 17cm wide pots either 2L hanging pot or 2.5L nursery pot - Plants fit in a 75cm tall box.
Large Plants - 25cm wide pot, 10L volume. Plants fit in a 100cm tall box.
XL Plants - Plants over 100cm tall in pot sizes specified, 25cm/10L or greater and are hand delivered within Auckland/Northland only.
Plant courier orders are processed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
North Island orders are targeted overnight delivery, South Island orders are sent on a 2-day target but these are not a guaranteed delivery timeframe.
Add 1 extra day after a public holiday as well as for rural addresses or remote towns.
Monday - We send orders placed on previous Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
Tuesday - We send Weekend orders from previous Saturday & Sunday.
Wednesday - We send orders placed from Monday & Tuesday.
XL Plants are delivered only within urban Auckland & Whangarei and this service is for non-urgent orders. This excludes satellite destinations such as Beachlands, Pukekohe, Piha, Helensville etc and Whangarei Heads. We may deliver at any time Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday in Auckland and you need to have a sheltered accessible position for us to deliver to.
Plants in Transit
Each Small, Medium & Large plant is individually contained within its own protective cardboard Plant Carton which may be joined to other cartons in your order.
Plants typically take just a day or two to arrive, however they are usually fine in their cartons for 1-2 weeks, and many can go longer, so a few extra days are not usually cause for concern.
Whether it takes 1 or 7 days, let your plant recover from its journey by placing in gentle light and adding a little water and it will be back to its best within a couple of days. Let us know if there are any major issues via the contact page.