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Botanical name: Senecio angulatus
Synonmy: Senecio macropodus
Common names: Creeping Groundsel, Climbing Groundsel, Scrambling Groundsel, Algerian senecio
Senecio angulatus commonly called Scrambling Groundsel, Climbing Groundsel, Creeping 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.
Scrambling Groundsel is similar to Senecio mikaniodes (German Ivy) but the leaves in German Ivy have several pointed lobes.
The veining stems in Climbing 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.
Scrambling Groundsel produces clusters of bright yellow, daisy-like, sweet-scented flowers borne at the end of the stems.
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.
According to Greater Wellington Pest and Weed Central, Scrambling 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 Climbing Groundsel, always destroy the underground rhizomes before discarding as they easily resprout.
Scrambling Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) thrives in medium to bright light, average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.
Senecio angulatus requires pruning to keep the plant neat, to minimize pest and disease infestation and promote a bushy growth. Repotting is only needed when the plant becomes pot-bound. Keep reading for more on these growing conditions and how to achieve them.
Scrambling Groundsel grows best in medium to bright light conditions. Keep it away from direct sunlight as it can cause scorching.
Regularly turn the pot to ensure that the Creeping Groundsel receives light on all sides for uniform growth.
It can also grow under a grow light where the natural lighting is inadequate.
Water Scrambling Groundsel thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings to keep the soil moderately moist.
Decrease watering during the cold period as growth is minimal at this time but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.
Ascertain 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.
Scrambling Groundsel prefers average warmth with a minimum of 150C. A room temperature that is comfortable for you is ideal for the plant.
Keep the Climbing Groundsel away from draughts to prevent sudden changes in temperatures as they can cause reduced growth.
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.
Feed Scrambling Groundsel monthly during the growing season with a Cactus and Succulents Fertilizer for lush growth.
Do not feed Climbing Groundsel during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time can cause fertilizer burn.
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.
The best soil for Scrambling 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 as it drains easily. Buy quality Cactus and Succulents potting mix for Creeping Groundsel from Etsy.
Pruning Scrambling Groundsel involves removal of yellow and dead leaves to maintain the plant neat and also discourage pest and disease infestations.
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.
Scrambling 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.
Take stem-tip cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Scrambling Groundsel. 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 away from direct sunlight and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and substantial growth has been observed.
Transfer the new Senecio angulatus to individual pots and begin routine care. For a fuller plant, transfer several cuttings into one pot.
Take cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Scrambling Groundsel. Ensure each cutting has 2-3 leaf nodes as this is where new growth will come from.
Place the cuttings in a jar of plain water. Place in a warm, well-lit spot away from direct sunlight. 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.
Position 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 Senecio angulatus to individual pots and begin routine care. Several cuttings can be planted in one pot for a fuller plant.
Spread the Scrambling Groundsel 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 Senecio angulatus in a warm, well-lit place and maintain the soil moist until they are well established.
Scrambling Groundsel (Senecio angulatus) problems indoors iclude drooping leaves, curled leaves, leggy growth, pests and diseases . Read on for the solutions and remedies to these problems.
Brown leaves and curled edges in Scrambling 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 the Climbing Groundsel only when the top 2 in. of soil have dried out and reduce watering during the cold season to avoid ovewatering.
Drooping leaves in Scrambling 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 Creeping 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 leaves in Scrambling Groundsel are caused by too little light as it grows best in medium to bright light away from direct sunlight.
Move the Climbing Groundsel to a brighter spot where it will receive medium to bright light away from direct sunlight or instal a grow light if the natural lighting is not adequate.
Common diseases in Scrambling 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 at all times.
In addition, make sure that the soil is free-draining and the pot has a drainage hole to prevent soggy soil.
Common pests in Scrambling Groundsel are mealy bugs and aphids. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it with Insecticidal soap to get rid of the pests.
Scrambling 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.