Plant Care Cardinal Creeper

Cardinal Creeper

Also known as

Cypress Vine, Cypress Vine, Cypressvine morning glory, Cardinal creeper, Cardinal vine, Star glory and Hummingbird vine


Ipomoea quamoclit

How to care for Cardinal Creeper

💦 Water

How often to water your Cardinal Creeper

Water needs for Cardinal Creeper
0.5 cups
every 9

Cardinal Creeper 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.

Calculate water needs of Cardinal Creeper

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Cypress Vine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cardinal Creeper: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cardinal Creeper love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Cardinal Creeper does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cardinal Creeper in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cardinal Creeper

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cardinal Creeper: 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 Cardinal Creeper after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Cardinal Creeper is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Cypress Vine →

Common Cypress Vine Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Cardinal Creeper prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cardinal Creeper requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

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Cypress Vine Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Cardinal Creeper is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

💨 Humidity

Cardinal Creeper doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Cypress Vine Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Cardinal Creeper does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Cypress Vine →

💩 Fertilizer

Cardinal Creeper is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

🌎 Native Region

Cardinal Creeper is native to Worldwide.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cardinal Creeper is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Cypress Vine →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cardinal Creeper can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cypress Vine Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Cardinal Creeper can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Cardinal Creeper

Cardinal Creeper

Cardinal Creeper

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft 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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