Plant Care Desert Starvine

Desert Starvine

Also known as

Brandegea and desert starvine


Echinopepon bigelovii

How to care for Desert Starvine


How often to water your Desert Starvine

Water needs for Desert Starvine
0.5 cups
every 9

Desert Starvine needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Finding light for Desert Starvine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Desert Starvine: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Desert Starvine may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Desert Starvine

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Desert Starvine: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Desert Starvine after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Desert Starvine

Desert Starvine

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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