How to Care for the Plant Muehlenbeckia Axillaris

Overview

Muehlenbeckia axillaris, or creeping wire vine as it is more commonly known, is a low-growing and low-maintenance deciduous shrub or ground cover in the buckwheat family. It produces small, yellow flowers in summer over with rounded leaves and wiry thin and brown vining stems. It has a creeping growth habit, is hardy and is evergreen in USDA zones 8 through 10. Wire vine thrives in moist soil and a full sun to partial daily shade exposure.

Step 1

Site your muehlenbeckia axillaris in a spot where it will receive a full sun to partial daily shade exposure. Plant in nutrient rich, well drained soil and space multiple plants at intervals of at least a foot to prevent overcrowding.

Step 2

Water your wire vine to keep the soil uniformly and lightly moist at all times, never allowing the soil to dry out. Depending on your climate and the season, this may mean watering every few days or every few weeks.

Step 3

Feed your creeping wire vine once or twice per year with a slow release granular fertilizer suitable for shrubs with a complete and balanced guaranteed analysis such as a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. Follow the label recommendations for dosing and sprinkle evenly around the root area of the shrub watering in deeply after feeding.

Step 4

Prune your creeping wire vine as needed or desired to maintain its size, shape and growing boundaries. Use clean sharp secateurs and prune in either the spring or early fall. Remove up to but no more than one-third of the plants volume in a single pruning session to reduce stress and the complications from shock.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Balanced complete granular fertilizer
  • Secateurs

References

  • University of Montana: Groundcovers
  • San Marcos Growers: Muehlenbeckia Complexa - Wire Vine
  • USDA: Plant Database Profile
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