How to care for: Muehlenbeckia

The Muehlenbeckia is a low-growing plant with small leaves and long wiry stems. The wiry stems make the Muehlenbeckia a perfect plant for in hanging baskets. This is a hardy plant that is extremely low-maintenance and grows very fast. It is very popular as an indoor houseplant.

Medium light

Water once a week

Toxic

Non Air-purifying

How do you take care of a Muehlenbeckia?

Location

The Muehlenbeckia likes to be placed in a spot with lots of light. It is best to place the plant in medium bright light or partial shade. The Muehlenbeckia prefers a spot next to a window on the west or east. A spot near the south is of course also possible. Make sure that the plant is at least 2 metres away from the window. If the Muehlenbeckia receives too much light, it's foliage will scorch.

Watering

If the Muehlenbeckia gets too little water, the leaf will hang limp. It is therefore important to always keep the soil of the Muehlenbeckia slightly moist. You can check this with your finger in the soil. It is best to water the Muehlenbeckia once a week all year round. Ensure that the soil is dry before you water again. And water less during the wintertime. Don’t overwater or make the soil soggy. This can cause the leaves of the Muehlenbeckia to turn yellow.

Plant nutrition

The Muehlenbeckia uses a lot of energy from spring onwards to make new leaves. As a result, the plant needs extra nutrients. You can provide these nutrients by means of plant nutrition. We recommend giving plant nutrition once every two weeks. From spring until autumn. After autumn and in winter it is better not to give extra nutrients. In the winter, plant nutrition can actually be harmful for the Muehlenbeckia!

Repotting

Repotting the Muehlenbeckia isn't necessary every year. We recommend repotting the Muehlenbeckia every 2 years. This gives the plant new nutrients and more room for root growth. The airier soil is also very good for the water flowing through. The best period to repot is spring.

Air-purifying

This plant has quite a small leaf size, and so it doesn’t have air-purifying properties the way some other indoor plants have.

Is the Muehlenbeckia toxic?

The Muehlenbeckia is not considered to be toxic to cats and dogs but will cause mouth irritation when ingested. You still shouldn’t let your pets munch on this plant at all. If too much is ingested, it can cause vomiting and loss of appetite. In such a case, consult a doctor.

Diseases and peculiarities

The Muehlenbeckia is not excessively susceptible to diseases and pests. Should the plant still suffer from pests, then you can use pesticide. Although pesticide can mean the end of the plant. Therefore, be careful.

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