Plant Care Purple Swedish Ivy

Purple Swedish Ivy

Also known as

Vick's Plant

Taxonomy

Plectranthus purpuratus
Plectranthus
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Purple Swedish Ivy

Water

How often to water your Purple Swedish Ivy

Water needs for Purple Swedish Ivy
0.5 cups
every 9

Purple Swedish Ivy needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Boston, Massachusetts.

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 Purple Swedish Ivy

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Purple Swedish Ivy in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

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Growing Purple Swedish Ivy in Boston right now

Light needs for plant Purple Swedish Ivy in Boston, Massachusetts

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 30th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Boston is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…

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Light needs for plant Purple Swedish Ivy in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 31.2% ☀️

December 1st, 2021

Boston is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Boston is expected to decrease by 31.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Purple Swedish Ivy in Boston, Massachusetts

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, Boston is getting an average of 7.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.9 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Purple Swedish Ivy in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Purple Swedish Ivy: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Purple Swedish Ivy love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.

Purple Swedish Ivy does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Purple Swedish Ivy

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

When to repot Purple Swedish Ivy

Nutrient needs for plant Purple Swedish Ivy in Boston, Massachusetts

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 29th, 2021

The growing potential in Boston is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to r…

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Care Summary for Purple Swedish Ivy

Purple Swedish Ivy

Purple Swedish Ivy


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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