8" Senecio Macroglossus (Wax Ivy)


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For successful variegated wax ivy care, the plant is happiest in bright sunlight, but can tolerate a bit of shade. Temperatures should be above 40 F. (4 C.), but the best growth occurs when temps are at least 75 F. (24 C.).

Variegated senecio may surprise you with pale yellow, daisy-like flowers and, in bright sunlight, the stems and leaf edges take on a pink or purplish tint. You can plant in a hanging basket where the plump stems can cascade over the rim of the container. 

Water the plant until moisture trickles through the drainage hole, then don’t water again until the soil is slightly on the dry side. Like most succulents, variegated senecio will rot in soggy, poorly drained soil.

Although easy to grow in any container, clay pots work especially well because they are porous and allow more air to circulate around the roots. It requires very little fertilizer. Feed the plant every other month from spring through fall, using a water-soluble fertilizer mixed to one-quarter strength.

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