Plant Care Royal Velvet Plant

Royal Velvet Plant

4.3 out of 5 (30 experiences)

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

Also known as

Purple Velvet Plant, Purple Velvet Plant, Purple Passion Vine and Velvet Plant


Gynura aurantiaca

How to care for Royal Velvet Plant


How often to water your Royal Velvet Plant

Water needs for Royal Velvet Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Royal 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 Royal Velvet Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Purple Velvet Plant in your home

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

Royal 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.

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How to fertilize Royal Velvet Plant

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

Difficulty Level

Royal 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!

Water Needs
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Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Royal Velvet Plant

Royal Velvet Plant

Royal Velvet Plant

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

Royal Velvet Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 14
Royal Velvet Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 12
Royal Velvet Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Royal Velvet Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Royal Velvet Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Royal Velvet Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Mizsherm avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
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globe Aurora, IL

They’re beautiful!

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globe Oakland, CA

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
leaf-1 51 Plants
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globe New York

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
Greg2005 avatar
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globe Gaithersburg, MD


Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Annakatklein avatar
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globe Spring, TX

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 163 XP

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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globe Pinson, AL

Dramatic plant! Will literally look “sad” at the slightest inconvenience. However, this plant is a survivor. And so gorgeous! Well worth it if you can handle the temper tantrums. 😂

Survivor Survivor
Isabellem avatar
leaf-1 43 Plants
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globe Kitimat, British Columbia

Slow grower, but a beautiful species!

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Maria avatar
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globe Highland, CA

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

Browns easily Browns easily
Jess926 avatar
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globe Northampton, PA

Beautiful velvet leaves!

Survivor Survivor
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globe Dayton, NV

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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