How to Grow Cissus


Cissus plants have many varieties, which include grape ivy, oak leaf ivy, kangaroo vine and begonia vine. They are climbers but are normally used in hanging baskets as houseplants. The main reason for finding them indoors is they are only hardy in gardening Zone 11 and will not tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees. Cissus are vigorous growers and can be grown in low light, which makes for an easy-to-grow houseplant that anyone can grow.

Step 1

Mix two handfuls of compost in with enough peat-based potting soil to fill your pot. Fill the container 1/2 to 3/4 of the way with the soil mixture and moisten it.

Step 2

Place the plant in the container and gently spread out the outer roots. Continue to fill the pot until the plant is at the same level it was in its original container. Do not fill your pot to the very top or soil and water will spill out every time you water it.

Step 3

Water the plant immediately after planting so all the soil is moist. Do this over a sink or outdoors so the water spills out from the catch tray. This is how you will know that all the soil is moist. After this, allow the soil to become dry to the touch at the top. Water each time until you see water in the tray. During late fall and winter, cut watering back to once a week.

Step 4

Fertilize the Cissus with a plant food that is high in nitrogen. Nitrogen encourages foliage growth and promotes a deep green color. Use the plant food every three months unless the leaves start to turn yellow, in which case give it an extra dose.

Step 5

Hang the plant in a location that receives filtered light for a few hours each day. Hanging the Cissus in direct sunlight may cause leaf scorch. Mist with water once a week during warm weather and twice a week while heat is drying the air in your home in the winter.

Step 6

Pinch off tips to encourage a bushier growth in the spring. You can also prune out some of the inner branches if the plant becomes very bushy to promote air circulation and prevent mold.

Step 7

Take the Cissus outdoors in the summer and place it in a location that gets some filtered sunlight. Cissus plants like heat and humidity as long as it is not over 85 degrees. Do not leave it outdoors if the nights go below 60 degrees.

Things You'll Need

  • Cissus plant
  • Hanging pot
  • Compost
  • Peat-based potting soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Spray bottle or mister


  • Cissus Rhombifolia
  • Cissus Grape Ivy, Kangaroo Vine and Their Relatives
  • Cissus Discolor: Rex Begonia Vine
Keywords: Cissus plants, growing grape ivy, caring for begonia vine

About this Author

Dale DeVries has been cooking for over 40 years. First teaching her five daughters to cook, she quickly moved on to teaching at a private High School. Dale has catered parties and weddings throughout her life, from gourmet to the simple family type dinners. She says the fun is in creating new recipes that noone has heard of.