Tetrastigma : Greenhouse Plants
C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F) / W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F) / T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)
If you need a very robust leafy climber to cover a large area quickly then Tetrastigma voinerianum is the ideal plant. It grows best in tropical temperatures, where it will grow beautiful large horse chestnut-shaped leaves giving rise to the name Chestnut Vine. The strong stems and undersides of leaves are covered with russet felty hairs. It clings to its support by means of clever little tendrils. The best time to appreciate this plant is when it has just been sprayed with water and sun shines through the droplets on a piece of new stem with young leaves and tendrils. The plant is almost too eager to grow and easily tolerates a cool house although it will look a little sad during winter. Feed established plants well with a high nitrogen feed. Cuttings from sections of stem each with two nodes can be taken and rooted at 15-21°C (60-70°F). It is best not to keep them too humid and wet or they may rot before they root.