University of Maryland Extension: Plant of the Week
Grape Ivy, Oak Leaf Ivy
Photo and Text by Marian Hengemihle
This no-fuss houseplant actually is a member of the grape family though it has evergreen foliage. Its medium to dark green glossy leaves are divided into three leaflets with coarsely toothed margins. Stems are covered in soft brown hairs.
There are several cultivars of grape ivy, but the oak leaf species sports oak leaf like foliage with a fine texture.
The growth habit is climbing/trailing and looks elegant in containers and hanging baskets. It prefers bright indirect light so avoid direct sun.
Grow grape ivy in normal room temperatures. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Fertilize an actively growing plant from early spring to fall.
You can pinch back the growing tips to produce dense foliage. Large plants can be cut back by a third in the early spring and stems tied to supports when needed. Trim side shoots to about an inch long.