Plant Care Plectranthus Verticillatus

Plectranthus Verticillatus

4.4 out of 5 (33 experiences)

Plectranthus Verticillatus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Plectranthus Verticillatus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

Swedish Ivy, Swedish Ivy, Swedish Begonia and Creeping Charlie

Taxonomy

Plectranthus verticillatus
Plectranthus
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Plectranthus Verticillatus

💦 Water

How often to water your Plectranthus Verticillatus

Water needs for Plectranthus Verticillatus
0.5 cups
every 9

Plectranthus Verticillatus 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 Plectranthus Verticillatus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Swedish Ivy in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Plectranthus Verticillatus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Plectranthus Verticillatus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Plectranthus Verticillatus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Plectranthus Verticillatus

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Plectranthus Verticillatus is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Swedish Ivy Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Plectranthus Verticillatus 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.

Swedish Ivy Water Frequency →

Swedish Ivy Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Plectranthus Verticillatus 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 🏡.

Swedish Ivy Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Plectranthus Verticillatus is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Swedish Ivy Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Plectranthus Verticillatus 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.


🪴 Soil

Plectranthus Verticillatus 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!

Best Soil Mix for Swedish Ivy →

When and How to Successfully Repot Swedish Ivy →


💩 Fertilizer

Plectranthus Verticillatus should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Plectranthus Verticillatus is native to Tropical Africa and Madagascar.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Plectranthus Verticillatus bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Plectranthus Verticillatus grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Swedish Ivy →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Plectranthus Verticillatus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Swedish Ivy Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Plectranthus Verticillatus can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Plectranthus Verticillatus, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 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 Plectranthus Verticillatus

Plectranthus Verticillatus

Plectranthus Verticillatus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Plectranthus Verticillatus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 20
Plectranthus Verticillatus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 19
Plectranthus Verticillatus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 17
Plectranthus Verticillatus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 12
Plectranthus Verticillatus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Plectranthus Verticillatus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
@Stephanie_Swizzlestick avatar
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leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 451 XP
globe Williston, ND
10/25/2021

Buy one and it grows so fast and large that you’ll be able to share it with everyone you know!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 1,196 XP
globe Ketchikan, AK
09/19/2021

Keep it out of direct sun, and she will stay lush and green. Incredibly easy to propagate and a very fast grower.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Arraeis avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 192 XP
globe Oklahoma City, OK
09/19/2021

Super beautiful and easy to care for! My variegated swedish Ivy is one of my favorite plants.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Manuelmarsha avatar
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leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 568 XP
07/19/2021

Loves light I tend to wait until the leaves start to lay before watering.

Kimberly avatar
@Kimberly
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe San Antonio, TX
07/04/2021

One of the easiest plants I own and always looks gorgeous!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@LVL500 avatar
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leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 6,019 XP
06/26/2021

I love love this plant. Beautiful lush shiny leaves

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@NishLaursen avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 803 XP
globe Arvada, CO
06/26/2021

Easy plant to care for. Grows towards the light but doesn’t require direct sunlight. Let dry out between watering’s.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Shannan avatar
@Shannan
leaf-1 51 Plants
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globe Lafayette, OR
06/16/2021

Easy to care for, easy to propagate! This es one of my first house plants

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@mackgamb avatar
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leaf-1 42 Plants
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globe Charleston, SC
05/20/2021

favorite plant that I have! insanely easy to propagate & grows like a weed!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fox avatar
@Fox
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 112 XP
globe Portland, OR
05/15/2021

i love love love my swedish ivy, i got it from a friend as a clipping and now it’s massive

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@smaug avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 81 XP
05/12/2021

It’s dying and I can’t figure out why please help me it’s lost almost all of its leaves

Browns easily Browns easily
@Laurenmar14 avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Oak Harbor, OH
05/06/2021

I love everything about this plant. It says full, bright light but mine is thriving being in the corner of my room. The only thing is that it’s not pet safe, other than that it’s such an easy plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Dona avatar
@Dona
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 3,233 XP
globe Wisconsin Rapids, WI
05/01/2021

Excellent grower. Super easy to propagate.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@RC_Lady avatar
@@RC_Lady
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 1,033 XP
03/26/2021

Needs a good amount of sun to get the bottoms of the leaves to be a nice purple/indigo. I love how the leaves grow alternating!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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