How to grow and care for Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) Indoors

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Pussy Ears Vine, Cyanotis somaliensis

Botanical name: Cyanotis somaliensis
Family: Commelinaceae
Common names: Pussy Ears Vine, Kitten Ears Vine

Pussy Ears Vine Description

Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) also called Kitten Ears Vine is a creeping succulent vine which bears oval-shaped leaves about 2 in. long which are covered with pale gray hairs.

Pussy Ears Vine is ideal for a hanging basket, pedestal or a tall pot where the trailing stems can beautifully cascade downwards.

Pussy Ears Vine Origin

Cyanotis somaliensis (Pussy Ears Vine) is native to northern Somalia and is closely related to Cyanotis kewensis, (Teddy Bear Vine).

Buy beautiful and healthy Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) from Etsy.

Pussy Ears Vine, Cyanotis somaliensis

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Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) Care Indoors

Pussy Ears Vine Light Requirements

Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) grows best in bright, indirect light or use a grow light. If the light is inadequate for Pussy Ears Vine, it becomes leggy.

Regularly turn the pot to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for uniform growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Pussy Ears Vine

Water Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) liberally and allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings. Reduce watering in cold weather as growth is minimal at this time.

Ensure that the pot for your Pussy Ears Vine has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy soil as it can lead to rotting. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Pussy Ears Vine

Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) requires an average warmth with a minimum of 130C inorde to thrive. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Pussy Ears Vine

Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) has no need for high humidity. Moderate air humidity is adequate for this plant.

However, when the temperatures are too high which can cause the air to be too dry, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a humidifier to raise humidity for your Teddy Bear Vine. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) Pussy Ears Vine

Feed Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) every 4 weeks during the growing period with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

Withhold feeding for your Pussy Ears Vine during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to prune Pussy Ears Vine

Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) pruning is easy. To encourage a compact, bushy growth and to prevent Pussy Ears Vine from becoming straggly, regularly pinch off the growing tips.

However, Pussy Ears stems become straggly with age, therefore cutback the stems to rejuvenate new growth. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

How to repot Pussy Ears Vine

Repot Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) at the beginning of growing season when the plant becomes root-bound. A pot one size larger than the current one.

Ensure the pot for your Pussy Ears Vine has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from becoming soggy as it can lead to rotting and eventual death of your Vine.

Soil for Pussy Ears Vine

Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) grows best in loose and free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. The soil should be loose enough to allow water to drain out fast enough to avoid soggy soil which can cause rotting.

Cactus and Succulents soil is ideal for Pussy Ears Vine as it drains easily and does not hold excess moisture. Buy quality Cactus and Succulents Soil for your Pussy Ears Vine from Etsy.

How to propagate Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis)

Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) propagation can be done at the beginning of the growing season by plant division or from stem cuttings.

Pussy Ears Vine, Cyanotis somaliensis

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Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) Problems Indoors

Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) problems indoors are due to cultural faults in watering, lighting, humidity and feeding. Continue reading for the remedies and solutions.

Pussy Ears vine brown, shrivelled leaf tips

Brown and shrivelled leaf tips in Pussy Ears Vine are an indication of too dry air (low humidity) especially when the temperature is too high.

To raise humidity for your Pussy Ears Vine on a wet pebble tray or use a humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Pussy Ears Vine limp stems, yellow and spotted leaves

Limp stems, yellow and spotted leaves in Pussy Ears Vine are caused by underwatering. Underwatering results in too little moisture in the root zone which means that there is little water for the plant to take up to the leaves.

Water the plant immediately and it should recover. Thereafter, water your Pussy Ears Vine liberally and allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings. Reduce watering during the cold season but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Pussy Ears Vine leggy growth and undersized leaves

Pussy Ears Vine's stems become leggy with age. Cutback the stems to rejuvenate new growth.

However, there are three more possible reasons for leggy growth and undersized leaves in Pussy Ears Vine.

One possible reason for leggy growth and undersized leaves in Pussy Ears Vine is too little light. Move your Pussy Ears Vine to a brighter spots where it receives bright, filtered light or use a grow light.

The second possible reason for leggy growth and undersized leaves in Pussy Ears Vine is too little water. Water your Pussy Ears Vine liberally while allowing the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings and never allow the soil to dry out completely.

The third possible reason for leggy growth and undersized leaves in Pussy Ears Vine is inadequate feeding (underfeeding) which means the plant is not getting adequate nutrients for growth. If the plant does not get enough nutrients it becomes stunted and produces small-sized leaves and weak stems.

Feed your Pussy Ears Vine with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing season. However, withhold feeding in the cold season as growth is minimal at this time and feeding can lead to fertlizer burn.

Pussy Ears Vine diseases

Pussy Ears Vine is quite disease tolerant. The most common disease in Pussy Ears Vine is root-rot disease which is caused by overwatering under low temperature or soggy soil.

Therefore, reduce watering for your Pussy Ears Vine in the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist. Also, ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Pussy Ears Vine pests

Pussy Ears Vine pests are aphids and spider mites. Isolate the affected the plant to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) toxic?

Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) is non-toxic to humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow indoors.

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