Plant Care Japanese Creeper

Japanese Creeper

About Japanese Creeper

Japanese Creeper is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Japanese Creeper likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Japanese Creeper belongs to the Parthenocissus genus, and is native to China and Japan.


Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Also known as

Boston ivy, Grape ivy, Japanese ivy and Woodbine

How to care for Japanese Creeper


How often to water your Japanese Creeper

Water needs for Japanese Creeper
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese 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 Japanese Creeper

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Japanese Creeper in your home

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

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

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

Japanese Creeper does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Japanese Creeper

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

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Japanese Creeper

Japanese Creeper

Japanese 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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