Plant Care Red Ivy
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Red Ivy

4.0 out of 5 (22 experiences)

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

Also known as

Waffle Plant, Waffle Plant and Red-Flame Ivy

Taxonomy

Strobilanthes alternata
Strobilanthes
Acanthaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Red Ivy

Water

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
9

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5"
Light

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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.

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

Nutrients

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Red Ivy is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
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Propagation

Care Summary for Red Ivy

Red Ivy

Red Ivy


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

Red Ivy has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 7
Red Ivy has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Red Ivy has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Red Ivy has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Red Ivy has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Red Ivy has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Red Ivy has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Cassrose avatar
@Cassrose
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 800 XP
globe New York
09/26/2021

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

Jo avatar
@Jo
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 170 XP
globe Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
09/11/2021

Not a fast grower. Keep moist

Survivor Survivor
Swellsquid768 avatar
@Swellsquid768
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 335 XP
globe Stephenville, Texas
08/05/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Saysay270 avatar
@Saysay270
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 41 XP
globe Clearwater, Florida
07/05/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Gathererofnutsandodballs avatar
@Gathererofnutsandodballs
leaf-1 100 Plants
xp 4,669 XP
globe Lincoln, Nebraska
06/09/2021

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
@Jennalynnhen
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 412 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
05/25/2021

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
Moldy.noun avatar
@Moldy.noun
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 371 XP
globe Union, Maine
05/21/2021

I’m obsessed with this plant! I think it’s so funky looking and I love the colors. It can be dramatic but always seem to come back

Egotopia avatar
@Egotopia
leaf-1 118 Plants
xp 5,123 XP
globe Jacksonville, Florida
05/17/2021

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
Gillysplants avatar
@Gillysplants
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 784 XP
globe Aloha, Oregon
04/18/2021

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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