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How to Care for a Bridal Veil Plant

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Overview

The bridal veil plant (Gibasis geniculata) is a popular houseplant with long, cascading stems and small white blooms that appear from spring until fall. Bridal veil requires very little light in order to thrive and prefers soil that is slightly moist. This plant is attractive when planted in a hanging pot, but will do well in any container that has sufficient drainage. The bridal veil plant can also be grown outdoors as a perennial in USDA hardiness zone 9b and above.

Step 1

Fill a hanging basket or other container 3/4 of the way with good quality potting soil. Make sure that the container you choose has several drainage holes in the bottom, as the bridal veil plant will not tolerate overly moist conditions.

Step 2

Place the bridal veil plant into the soil at the same depth as it was originally growing and water until the soil feels moist, but not soggy. Move the container to a location that receives muted sunlight.

Step 3

Water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Soak the plant well with warm water rather than adding small amounts of moisture often.

Step 4

Fertilize once each week with a water-soluble fertilizer mixed according to package instructions.

Step 5

Prune the stems back when they start to get too long for available space. This will also encourage fuller growth.

Step 6

Transplant to a larger pot when the bridal veil plant has filled its container. It is best to do this in winter or early spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not add too much water, as this plant cannot survive overly moist conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting container
  • Potting soil
  • Water-soluble fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Plant Care.com: Tahitian Bridal Veil
  • Texas Agrilife Extension: Tahitian Bridal Veil
  • Growing Guides: Tahitian Bridal Veil
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About this Author

Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.