Cyanotis kewensis is commonly known as Teddy Bear Vine. This is because its trailing stems have fuzzy tear-drop-shaped chocolate-brown leaves.
Cyanotis kewensis, Tonningia kewensis
Cyanotis beddomei pronounced [Sy-an-NOH-tiss][BED-o-my] also known as Cyanotis kewensis pronounced [Sy-an-NOH-tiss][Kew-EN-sis] is also commonly known as Teddchysar. Because of the plant’s growth shape, it’s best to grow teddy bear vine in hanging baskets in front of a bright window (or under fluorescent lights), or on a flat surface, such as a tabletop where the stems can grow horizontally. It’s a relatively slow grower, so need to worry about this trailing houseplant getting out of control.
Teddy Bear Vine prefers a bright light. In most areas, it can take some direct sun on the leaves through a window, but this is best in the morning rather than the afternoon hours as too much sun can cause sunburn. Like most houseplants, you can grow teddy bear vine well under plant lights, as well as regular fluorescent lights, making it a good choice for offices.
Water teddy bear vine when the top inch or so of the potting mix is dry. If you’re unsure about watering teddy bear vine, it’s best to let it stay consistently a little too dry than a little too wet. A moisture meter is a foolproof way to water as well.
Fertilize your teddy bear vine in the spring and summer months if you want to encourage growth. Use a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer and be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging.
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