Cissus: Greenhouse Plants
C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F) / T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)
There are two popularly grown species which are both. Cissus antarctica is the Kangaroo Vine from New South Wales in Australia and will do as well in the house as in the greenhouse. It does best in warm conditions but will survive cool conditions well. Extremely easy to grow, the only thing it dislikes is dry air. If grown close to a heater it might develop unsightly brown tips to the leaves. Growing C. discolor from Java and Cambodia is a challenge in comparison. It is much more attractive than its tougher relative, having brightly coloured leaves. However, it needs humid tropical conditions to do well. A light peat-based is much preferred and care will have to be taken not to over-water the plant, particularly if it is being asked to tolerate lower temperatures than it likes. Propagation is usually by but it is possible to obtain seed. Occasionally seed of other species not usually grown is offered for the adventurous to try.