Plant Care Purple Swedish Ivy

Purple Swedish Ivy

Also known as

Vick's Plant


Plectranthus purpuratus

How to care for Purple Swedish Ivy


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 San Jose, California.

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

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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 San Jose, California

San Jose, California

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Growing Purple Swedish Ivy in San Jose right now

Light needs for plant Purple Swedish Ivy in San Jose, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 1st, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Jose is currently low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Purple Swedish Ivy in San Jose, California

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 26% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

San Jose is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Jose is expected to decrease by 26% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Purple Swedish Ivy in San Jose, California

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, San Jose is getting an average of 10.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.4 total hours of day…

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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 San Jose, California ⛅.

Purple Swedish Ivy does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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 San Jose, California

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

November 30th, 2021

The growing potential in San Jose is 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 repo…

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Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Purple Swedish Ivy

Purple Swedish Ivy

Purple Swedish Ivy

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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