Senecio (also called Tropical German Ivy) is a soft ivy and is not winter hardy like Hedera Helix Ivy, but it grows much faster and makes a great houseplant. Tropical German Ivy will fill pots with rich, evergreen foliage. They work well in combination planters as cascading edge plants, as a standalone container or basket, or as a trellis/fence climber.
Your unrooted cuttings will arrive freshly cut. You will need to plant them immediately
and begin a misting cycle to root the cuttings. This will leech the soil of nutrients, so during the propagation phase use a constant feed of 1/3 the normal recommended dosage
of fertilizer until well rooted.
For best results with Senecio Wax Ivy Variegated, we recommend using a constant-but-low feed program of 150 ppm N
. Maintain a pH between 5.8 - 6.2.
We recommend that you pinch Senecio 5-10 days after transplanting
to your final container. They may require a second pinch to shape the plant for your final needs.
Space pots 6-12 inches to allow air flow and penetration of light between plants.
HeightControlPlant growth regulators are not recommended
for Senecio Wax Ivy Variegated.
are the biggest pest problems for Senecio.
Senecio Wax Ivy Variegated is not prone to many diseases, but don't oversaturate the soil
. If the plant sits in moist soil for an extended amount of time, you could end up with root rot or botrytis
. Botrytis grey rot is usually associated with wet or humid conditions. You can prevent botrytis by allowing the plant to dry out between waterings, allowing for good airflow in your greenhouse, and spacing to allow the sun to penetrate to the soil level. The most common chemicals used to treat botrytis and root rot are Medallion and Banrot. Use them as a drench according to each label's instructions.
Planting Senecio Wax Ivy Variegated Liners
- We recommend planting 4-5 starter plants per 10 inch basket. Use a well-drained soil in your baskets and plant your starter plants deep, allowing the ellepot to be completely covered by the soil. If you are planting 4" pots, 1 plant per pot should be sufficient. Plant it directly in the middle of your pot.
- Pinching is recommended 5-10 days after transplantation. A second pinch may be necessary depending on the size and shape of the final pot.
Cuttings vary in size between different plant families, but most can be described as tip cuttings (ivy are leaf-and-eye stem cuttings not tips) that stick nicely
in small plug trays such as the 105-plug tray we use (some varieties are better suited for a 50 cell tray, i.e. Angelwing Begonia, Bougainvillea, Setcrecea, etc.). Please do not order unrooted cuttings unless you are an experienced propagator with mist systems and proper temperature control.
Senecio Wax Ivy Variegated Quick Reference Guide
|4" crop time||10-12 Weeks|
|10" crop time||12-14 weeks|
|Perennial Zone||Zone 11|