Plant Care Purple Velvet Plant

Purple Velvet Plant

4.3 out of 5 (29 experiences)

Purple Velvet Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Purple Velvet Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Purple Passion Vine, Royal Velvet Plant and Velvet Plant

Taxonomy

Gynura aurantiaca
Gynura
Asteraceae
Asterales

How to care for Purple Velvet Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Purple Velvet Plant

Water needs for Purple Velvet Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Purple Velvet Plant 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 Purple Velvet Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Purple Velvet Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Purple Velvet Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Purple Velvet Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Purple Velvet Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Purple Velvet Plant

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Purple Velvet Plant 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!

Benefits of Growing Purple Velvet Plant →

Common Purple Velvet Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Purple Velvet Plant 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Purple Velvet Plant may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Purple Velvet Plant 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.

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💨 Humidity

Purple Velvet Plant 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

Purple Velvet Plant 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 Purple Velvet Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Purple Velvet Plant 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

Purple Velvet Plant is native to Asia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Purple Velvet Plant bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Purple Velvet Plant Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Purple Velvet Plant grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Purple Velvet Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

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

Purple Velvet Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Purple Velvet Plant 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.

How to Propagate Purple Velvet Plant →


🍂 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 Purple Velvet Plant, 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 Purple Velvet Plant

Purple Velvet Plant

Purple Velvet Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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

Purple Velvet Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 13
Purple Velvet Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 12
Purple Velvet Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Purple Velvet Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Purple Velvet Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Purple Velvet Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@MizSherm avatar
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leaf-1 9 Plants
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globe Aurora, IL
03/13/2022

They’re beautiful!

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globe Oakland, CA
12/04/2021

If you’re having trouble with getting the watering right on this one, maybe try wick-watering? It’s working great for me. Mine was starting to look sad with some crispy brown leaves, and I wasn’t sure if it was too much direct sunlight or not enough water. But since I restarted her with wick-watering (I added lots of perlite to the soil mix to keep it airy) and moved her 1-2 feet back from the window, she seems really happy.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
@Cassrose avatar
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leaf-1 51 Plants
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globe New York
11/05/2021

So she’s a bit of a drama Queen. I’m still looking for the perfect spot for her to thrive in. She has survived near death so I give her that much. The leaves are a dream, that perfect hue of purple. If you can manage the find perfect setting, she will be gorge. 4stars because she’s a bit of a hassle.

Survivor Survivor
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globe Gaithersburg, MD
08/12/2021

Beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 12 Plants
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globe Spring, TX
07/31/2021

This plant is gorgeous, if you find that sweet spot. Make sure to not dry it out too much and it’ll quickly turn into your favorite.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@kaiorace avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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07/19/2021

I give it a nice amount of water every 5-7 days and it grows really nicely! I had no trouble keeping it healthy ‚til now :D

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 43 Plants
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globe Kitimat, British Columbia
06/04/2021

Slow grower, but a beautiful species!

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Maria avatar
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globe Highland, CA
05/28/2021

It’s a very dramatic plant. It grew very leggy and wilts a lot and drops leaves.

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Northampton, PA
05/14/2021

Beautiful velvet leaves!

Survivor Survivor
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globe Dayton, NV
05/03/2021

She’s very dramatic like a nerve plant, so if she looks sad give her a bit of water and she’ll perk back up

Survivor Survivor

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