Plant Care for Dwarf Chenilles


The dwarf chenille plant is often known as "kitten's tail," which is an appropriate nickname given the fuzzy, 3 to 4-inch long blooms that droop from hanging stems. Although dwarf chenille plant (Acalypha pendula) can be grown outdoors in warm tropical climates, it is most commonly grown as a houseplant, with the bright pink blooms spilling over the side of a hanging container. With adequate light, chenille plants will often bloom all year round, but bloom heaviest during summer and winter.

Step 1

Plant dwarf chenille in any high-quality commercial potting mixture. Use a container with at least one drainage hole in the bottom, as chenille plants require excellent drainage.

Step 2

Place chenille plant in bright, indirect light during spring and summer. During the low-light days of fall and winter, move the plant into a bright, sunny window.

Step 3

Water the chenille plant regularly. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Never allow the soil to dry out completely.

Step 4

Keep the chenille plant in a warm room with temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Nighttime temperatures should be about 10 degrees cooler.

Step 5

Fertilize chenille plant every other week during spring and summer. Use a fertilizer formulated for blooming houseplants. Dilute the fertilizer to half of the label recommendations. Withhold fertilizer during fall and winter.

Things You'll Need

  • High-quality commercial potting mixture
  • Container with drainage hole
  • Fertilizer for blooming houseplants


  • Dwarf Chenille Plant
  • Washington State University: Kitten's Tail
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M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.