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

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Houseplant, Pussy Ears Vine

Botanical name: Cyanotis somaliensis
Family: Commelinaceae

Pussy Ears Vine also called Kitten Ears 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.

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

The Best Indoor Growing Conditions for Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis)

Light for Pussy Ears Vine

Pussy Ears Vine grows best in bright, indirect light. If the light is inadequate for Pussy Ears Vine, it becomes leggy. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Pussy Ears Vine

Water your Pussy Ears Vine 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

Average warmth with a minimum of 130C is ideal for your Pussy Ears Vine. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Pussy Ears Vine

Moderate air humidity is adequate for your Pussy Ears Vine. Pussy Ears Vine has no need for high humidity.

Fertilizer (Feeding) Pussy Ears Vine

Feed your Pussy Ears Vine every 4 weeks during the growing period on a weak 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

To encourage a compact, bushy growth and to prevent your 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 your Pussy Ears Vine at the beginning of growing season when the plant becomes root-bound.

Use rich, free-draining, sandy soil for your Pussy Ears Vine and a pot one size larger than the previous 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.

How to Propagate Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis)

Pussy Ears Vine can be propagated by plant division or from stem cuttings at the beginning of the growing season.

How to propagate Pussy Ears Vine by plant division

Take out your Pussy Ears Vine from its pot and carefully divide the plant into several sections. Ensure each section has adequate roots.

Pot these Pussy Ears Vine sections in individual pots in moist free-draining soil. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place the set up in a cool shaded place and maintain the soil moist until the new Pussy Ears Vine is well established.

How to propagate Pussy Ears Vine from stem cuttings

Take a 3-4 in. stem cutting from a healthy Pussy Ears Vine. Ensure each cutting has at least 2-3 leaf nodes.

Insert the Pussy Ears Vine cutting in moist, free-draining soil and place the set up in a warm shaded place.

Maintain the soil moist until the new Pussy Ears Vine is well established.

Common Problems in Growing Pussy Ears Vine (Cyanotis somaliensis) Indoors

Why does my Pussy Ears vine have brown and shrivelled leaf tips?

Brown and shrivelled leaf tips in your Pussy Ears Vine are an indication of too dry air.

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

Why does my Pussy Ears Vine have limp stems and yellow, spotted leaves?

Limp stems and yellow, spotted leaves in your Pussy Ears Vine are caused by underwatering.

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.

Why is my Pussy Ears Vine weak, has elongated stems and leaves are undersized?

Pussy Ears Vine's stems become leggy with age; cutback the stems to rejuvenate new growth. However, there are three more possible reasons for the bare spindly growth of your Pussy Ears Vine.

One possible reason for the bare spindly growth of your Pussy Ears Vine is too little light.

Move your Pussy Ears Vine to a brighter spots where it receives bright, filtered light.

The second possible reason for the bare spindly growth of your 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 the bare spindly growth of your Pussy Ears Vine is inadequate feeding (underfeeding).

Feed your Pussy Ears Vine with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing season.

Which are the common plant diseases in Pussy Ears Vine?

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.

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

Which are the common plant pests in Pussy Ears Vine?

Common plant pests in Pussy Ears Vine are Aphids and Spider Mites.

Isolate the affected Pussy Ears Vine 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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