Plant Care Cowvine

Cowvine

Also known as

Greenbriar, Saw greenbrier, Zarzaparrilla, Catbrier, Bullbrier, Chinabrier and Tramp's trouble

Taxonomy

Smilax bona-nox
Smilax
Smilacaceae
Liliales

How to care for Cowvine

💦 Water

How often to water your Cowvine

Water needs for Cowvine
0.5 cups
every 9

Cowvine 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 Cowvine

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Cowvine in your home

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

Cowvine love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cowvine does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cowvine

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Cowvine →

Common Cowvine Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Cowvine 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.

Cowvine Water Frequency →

Cowvine Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cowvine 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 🏡.

Cowvine Light Requirements →

Cowvine Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Cowvine is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for Cowvine →

When and How to Successfully Repot Cowvine →


💩 Fertilizer

Cowvine 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!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cowvine is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Cowvine →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cowvine can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cowvine Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation


🧐 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 Cowvine

Cowvine

Cowvine


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.

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