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Cissus discolor is an evergreen creeper, native to southern Asia and Australia; in nature it can reach a height of 2-3 meters, while the specimens grown in pots remain within 50-200 cm. It has thin stems, very branched, fleshy, of a reddish-brown color; the foliage is glossy, oval or heart-shaped, pointed, dark green; the underside of the leaves is reddish, while the upper page has silvery zoning; the young leaves have a red or pinkish margin and veins. Pretty delicate plant, it is often grown in hanging baskets, to better be able to admire the splendid foliage and create splendid decorations for the home.
Display and watering
In the apartment it is grown in a very bright and well-ventilated place; it can also withstand short periods of direct sun; generally during the winter period it is cultivated in place with temperatures above 12-15 ° C, if the plant is in lower temperature conditions it tends to lose part of the foliage and to have a period of vegetative rest.
During the spring, summer and autumnal periods water regularly, leaving the soil to dry between one watering and another; in winter we slightly thin the waterings. Throughout the year let's remember to vaporize the foliage frequently, using demineralized water.
The soil is the main source of plant sustenance. For this reason, when deciding to cultivate a shrub, a plant or any plant species, it is important to know what the specific cultivation needs of the same are in order to grow it at its best. For our cissus discolor we use a soft, very permeable and well-drained soil; we can cultivate cissus discolors in universal soil, lightened with perlite or pumice stone, and with a few shredded barks that soften the soil and at the same time maintain moisture slightly. The multiplication usually takes place for this, using the apex of the stems, in summer, or preparing leaf cuttings. The cutting is in fact the use of a fragment of the branch of the original plant in order to give life to this to a new plant. The branch fragment must contain at least 2-3 leaves, the cut must be clean and made with clean working tools.
Cissus discolor: Pests and diseases
As for pests and diseases that could cover the plants, the cissus suffer particularly from root rot or botrytis; often the onset of these diseases is due to poor ventilation in the environment or excessive watering. When the plant shows ruined leaves, it is advisable to check the roots of the cisso and remove any rotten roots. This can occur due to excessive watering. If instead the plant does not generate new shoots, it probably means that the fertilization that had to be done has not occurred. Another reason why the plant may appear wasted, limp and lacking in energy after years, could mean the end of its life cycle. This species can in fact withstand up to 6-7 years.