How to grow and care for Creeping Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) Indoors

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Creeping Groundsel, Senecio angulatus

Botanical name: Senecio angulatus
Synonmy: Senecio macropodus
Family: Asteraceae
Common names: Creeping Groundsel, Climbing Groundsel, Scrambling Groundsel, Algerian senecio

Creeping Groundsel Description

Creeping Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) also called Climbing Groundsel, Scrambling Groundsel or Algerian Senecio is an easy-care, scrambling and twining, succulent, shrubby plant ideal for hanging.

The leaf lobes are fleshy, glossy green, pointed, coarsely-toothed with 3-5 teeth oneach side. The leaves are alternately arranged and about 8 in. long by 5.5 in. wide.

Climbing Groundsel is similar to Senecio mikaniodes (German Ivy) but the leaves in German Ivy have several pointed lobes.

The veining stems in Creeping Groundsel can either trail like in a hanging basket or be trained up a cane or a trellis.

To control Creeping Groundsel's growth when grown indoors, regularly pinch the growing tips to encourage bushyness and also promote flowering.

Creeping Groundsel Flower

Creeping Groundsel produces clusters of bright yellow, daisy-like, sweet-scented flowers borne at the end of the stems.

Creeping Groundsel Origin

Senecio angulatus is native to South Africa where it grows as a vine that climbs up trees and can reach a height of 6.6 ft in the wild.

Creeping Groundsel Invasiveness

According to Greater Wellington Pest and Weed Central Creeping Groundsel has been found to be invasive. It is not recommended to be planted in the ground as given time, it will smoother trees.

To counter this invasive nature of Creeping Groundsel, always destroy the underground rhizomes before discarding as they easily resprout.

Creeping Groundsel, Senecio angulatus

Creeping Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) Care Indoors

Light Requirements

Creeping Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) grows best in medium to bright light conditions. However, keep it away from direct sunlight as it can cause scorching.

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 Creeping Groundsel

Water Creeping Groundsel thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce watering during the cold period as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure that the pot has a draiange hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of the plant.


Temperature

Creeping Groundsel prefers average warmth with a minimum of 150C. A room temperature that is comfortable for you is ideal for the plant.

Protect the Climbing Groundsel from draughts to prevent sudden changes in temperatures. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity

Creeping Groundsel has no need for high humidity. Average room humidity is adequate for this plant.

Occasionally clean the leaves under a stream of running water to get rid of dust and discourage pest infestation. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding)

Feed Creeping Groundsel monthly during the growing season with a Cactus and Succulents Fertilizer.

Do not feed Climbing Groundsel during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time can cause fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

Repotting

Repot Creeping Groundsel every 2-3 years during the growing period. Use a pot which is 1 size larger than the current one.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of the plant.

Soil for Creeping Groundsel

The best soil for Creeping Groundsel should be rich in organic matter, loose and free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil. The soil should be loose enough to allow water to drain out fast enough.

Cactus and Succulents soil is ideal for Climbing Groundsel. Buy quality Cactus and Succulents Soil for your Creeping Groundsel from Etsy.

Pruning

Pruning Creeping Groundsel involves removal of yellow and dead leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

To encourage a bushy and compact growth, pinch off the growing tips. You may choose to use the tips propagate new plants.

Cut back leggy stems of the Climbing Groundsel at the beginning of the growing season to rejuvenate growth. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Propagation

Creeping Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) is propagated at the beginning of the growing season from the stems. They root easily so there is no need for rooting hormone.

The stems can be rooted in 3 ways. Read on for more on these rooting methods.

1. How to propagate Creeping Groundsel stem-tip cuttings in soil

Take stem-tip cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Creeping Groundsel (Senecio angulatus). Ensure that each cutting has 2-3 leaf nodes as this is where new growth will come from.

Fill your rooting container with free-draining, rooting mix. Moisten the soil lightly.

With a pencil or similar object make a hole in the moist rooting mix.

Insert the cutting in the previously made hole. Light cover the base of the cutting with the rooting mix.

Place the set up in warm, well-lit place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and substantial growth has been observed.

Transfer the new Creeping Groundsel plants to individual pots and begin routine care. For a fuller plant plant several cuttings in one pot.

2. How to propagate Creeping Groundsel stem-tip cuttings in water

Take cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from your Creeping Groundsel. Ensure each cutting has 2-3 leaf nodes as this is where new growth will come from.

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Place the cuttings in a jar of plain water. Place in a well-lit spot. Change the water every 5-7 days.

When a good amount of roots have formed on the cuttings, transfer the cuttings into moist potting soil.

Place the set up in a warm, well-lit place and maintain the soil moist until new growth has emerged and substantial growth has been observed.

Transfer the new Creeping Groundsel plants to individual pots and begin routine care. Several cuttings can be planted in one pot for a fuller plant.

3. How to propagate Creeping Groundsel by spreading the stems on the soil

Spread the stems on the soil surface while still attached to the mother plant. Press the stems lightly so that they touch the soil.

After some time, the stems will root at every point that they are into contact with the soil.

Once rooted, sever the stems from the mother plant. Dig them up and pot in moist soil in individual pots.

Place the new Creeping Groundsel plants in a shaded cool place and maintain the soil moist until they are well established.

Creeping Groundsel, Senecio angulatus

Creeping Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) Problems Indoors

Creeping Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) problems indoors iclude . Read on for the solutions and remedies to these problems.

Brown leaves with curled edges

Brown leaves and curled edges in Creeping Groundsel are caused by overwatering or too wet soil (soggy soil). Ensure the soil is free-draining and the pot has a drainage hole.

Water Climbing Groundsel only when the top 2 in. of soil have dried out and reduce watering during the cold season to avoid ovewatering. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Drooping leaves

Drooping leaves in Creeping Groundsel are due to underwatering resulting in too little moisture in the soil. This means that the leaves loss more water to the air than they are getting from the soil which causes them to lose their turgidity (stiffness) and thus they droop.

Water the Climbing Groundsel immediately it starts drooping and it should perk up. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely but only slightly before watering again.

Leggy growth and undersized (small) leaves

Leggy growth and undersized leaves in Creeping Groundsel are caused by too little light. Move the plant to a brighter spot.

Climbing Groundsel grows best in medium to bright light away from direct sunlight. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Pests

Common pests in Creeping Groundsel are mealy bugs and aphids. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Diseases

Common diseases in Creeping Groundsel are leaf spot and root-rot disease which is prevalent in too wet conditions.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the diseases.

To reduce disease infestation, ensure that there is good air circulation for your Climbing Groundsel at all times. Also ensure that the soil is free-draining and the pot has a drainage hole to prevent soggy soil.

Is Creeping Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) toxic?

Creeping Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) is toxic to both humans and pets, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

If ingested, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pains. Keep the plant away from the reach of children and pets.

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