Plant Care Red Ivy

Red Ivy

4.2 out of 5 (32 experiences)

Red Ivy has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Red Ivy has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Waffle Plant, Waffle Plant, Red-Flame Ivy and Hemigraphis alternata


Strobilanthes alternata

How to care for Red Ivy


How often to water your Red Ivy

Water needs for Red Ivy
0.5 cups
every 9

Red Ivy 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 Red Ivy

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Waffle Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Red Ivy: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Red Ivy 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.

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How to fertilize Red Ivy

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

Difficulty Level

Red Ivy 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!

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Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Red Ivy

Red Ivy

Red Ivy

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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

Red Ivy has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 12
Red Ivy has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Red Ivy has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Red Ivy has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Red Ivy has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Red Ivy has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Asslynn avatar
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 2,614 XP
globe Dallas, TX

It’s a pretty easy plant to care for. I was having problems at first with it fainting every couple days so I’ve started bottom watering and it’s doing a lot better. Definitely keep the soil moist.

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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Pineville, LA

Grows fast, low maintenance but must water if it starts drooping

Fast grower Fast grower
Sundust avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 1,426 XP

Beautiful plant and hardy so far.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Plantygoddess avatar
leaf-1 109 Plants
xp 9,648 XP
globe Woolwich Township, NJ

Probably the cutest yet funny experience I’ve had. I waited to water a few days longer than usual and she just collapsed and fainted. At first I’m like really is this possible I killed this plant by a few days?!?! Well I bottom watered her overnight and all is well. She’s just a little bit dramatic. Lol

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Cassrose avatar
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 1,155 XP
globe New York

Super easy to handle doesn’t require much work or attention.

Jo avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 170 XP
globe Wolfeboro, NH

Not a fast grower. Keep moist

Survivor Survivor
Swellsquid768 avatar
leaf-1 67 Plants
xp 1,466 XP

My cat keeps trying to eat it and it just keeps living

Survivor Survivor
Saysay270 avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 41 XP
globe Clearwater, FL

doug has survived abt a week with me and hasn’t died yet. easy and pretty like his plant momma

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 172 Plants
xp 54,341 XP
globe Lincoln, NE

I just repotted her she has grown so much and her roots were bursting out of the pot! She is so beautiful and I love the purple underside of her leaves!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jennalynnhen avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 613 XP
globe Minneapolis, MN

Super easy to propagate, big drama Queen. Will look completely fallen over and dead when it wants water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 85 Plants
xp 8,803 XP
globe Jacksonville, FL

This plant does better in humidity levels higher than 50%. It should be placed somewhere bright or the stems will get leggy. This is one of those plants that faints when it’s thirsty but always bounces back.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 1,593 XP
globe Beaverton, OR

I got this plant and was hoping to save it because it wasn’t treated properly before. It was super droopy and brown, but with water and sun all day it looked amazing, so that was super cool

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily

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