Muehlenbekia: Home Care, Transplanting And Propagation

A genus such as Muehlenbeckia (Muehlenbeckia) is directly related to the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae). It includes about 20 species of various climbing or creeping semi-shrubs and shrubs that are evergreens. In nature they occur in New Zealand and Australia.

The strong-branched, single-trunk, thin stems are intertwined with each other. The most compact species have shoots no longer than 15 centimeters long, and the largest ones can be up to 300 centimeters long.

The smooth bark is brown or brownish-red in color. The small ordinary leaves, which are short-petioled, are oval or wedge-shaped and also obovate. And there are species whose leaves have a heart-shaped base. Inflorescence is axillary, small-flowered inflorescences gathered in clusters. Tiny (half a centimeter in diameter) pentapetal florets of greenish-yellow or white color have no decorative value.

The fruit is presented as a ball-shaped seed.

Despite the large number of species, only one is usually used in domestic floriculture, the Muehlenbeckia embracing or tangled (Muehlenbeckia complexa). Its tiny (0.6 to 1.5 centimeters in diameter) oval-shaped leaflets are dark green in color, while along the edges and along the veins they turn red.

There are several varieties of this plant differing in leaf size:

  • Grandifolia: larger leaf size than the natural variety;
  • Microphylla: medium leaf size;
  • Nana: the smallest leaves.

Mulenbeckia care at home

Muehlenbekia: home care, transplanting and propagation

This plant can be easily grown by novice florists. It is very unpretentious and easy to care for. Muehlenbeckia is often grown as a climbing liana attached to a special prop or as an ampelous plant in hanging pots.


This plant likes light and therefore needs a well-lit place.

But please note that it is better to have diffused light. It needs some direct sun in the evening or in the morning. Place the flower in the western or eastern part of the room. If you put the flower on the north side, the stems will be very elongated and thin, because there is little light. In the southern part of the room in the summer afternoon shade must be provided.


In the warm season the plant needs a moderate temperature. So, it will feel fine at a temperature of 22 to 24 degrees. If it gets hotter, the leaves will become sluggish and begin to turn yellow.

In winter time, it is recommended to keep the mulenbekia cool. So, it should be kept at this time in a place with a temperature within 10-12 degrees.

At this time there is a dormant period and often the plant will drop some leaves.

How to water

Muehlenbekia: home care, transplanting and propagation

When the plant is growing strongly, it should be watered so that the substrate in the flower pot is constantly slightly moistened. Remember under no circumstances should water stagnate in the ground. This can result in souring of the soil, as well as the formation of rot on the flower, which will lead to its death.

Water less during the dormancy period.

So, between waterings the top layer of the substrate should dry out well.

Water only with fresh, soft water at room temperature.


There are no special requirements for air humidity. If the room temperature is very high (in summer) it is advisable to spray the leaves with lukewarm water.


Muehlenbekia: home care, transplanting and propagation

Suitable soil should be slightly alkaline or acidic.

The most important thing is that the soil should be loose and have good air and water permeability. You can make a soil mixture with your own hands by mixing equal parts leaf, clay sod and peat soil, as well as coarse sand. You can also buy universal soil for deciduous indoor plants.

Don't forget to make a good drainage layer consisting of pebbles or expanded clay on the bottom of the container. This prevents the soil from getting too wet and rotting.


Feed mulenbeckia twice a month during intensive growth. A compound fertilizer for deciduous houseplants is suitable for this purpose. From the onset of the fall season until mid-spring, nutrition must be discontinued.

Potting M├╝hlenbeckia

Muehlenbekia: home care, transplanting and propagation

Potting is done once a year in the springtime. The plant should be transplanted very carefully because it becomes diseased for a long time due to damage to the root system.

It is recommended to transplant the flower together with the clump of soil into a larger container.

Propagation of mulenbekia

Muehlenbekia: home care, transplanting and propagation

It can be multiplied by dividing the bush during transplanting, by seeds as well as by matured cuttings. For cuttings, cut off the tops of the stems that have grown this year in the last weeks of summer. The length of the cuttings should be 8-10 centimetres and they should be rooted in a glass of water, sand, perlite or light soil. In all cases, except water, you will need a well-lit mini greenhouse (heating is not necessary).

To make the bush more dense, it is recommended to plant several cuttings in the same container.

Sow the seeds from March to April. They are not buried in the soil, but simply scattered on its surface. Then you should put the pot in a mini greenhouse.

Pests and diseases

Mulenbecia practically does not get sick and is not affected by pests.

But too much or too little soil, direct sunlight, high or low temperatures, lack of light etc. can do it harm.

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