I Think I’m In Love!
About a month ago I got a new houseplant. I’d been waiting to write anything about it because I wanted to see how it did since I couldn’t find any real information about it (other than how to grow it with reptiles in a terrarium). This bit about terrariums always made me a little nervous… I thought it might demand really high humidity or something, but that hasn’t seemed to be the case (then again with my aquariums and abundance of houseplants I might just have higher humidity than I thought).
Anyways…my new plant is Parthenocissus stricta. It’s basically a miniature version of P. quinquefolia (Virginia creeper). It looks pretty much just the same except it’s about 1/8th the size. Each leaf cluster is the size of a silver dollar! It’s completely adorable! I think I might just be excited because I love palmately compound leaves (there is something so tropical about them), but it really is proving to be an easy grower too! I’ve got it in a west window and it gets watered about once a week. It’s already grown about 6 inches this month which doesn’t REALLY surprise me since it is a Parthenocissus. It trails quite nicely but apparently it will cling to wood and grow vertical too (as I discovered when I just tried to move a vase full of cuttings that latched onto the windowsill).
If you happen to come across one I fully recommend it. I found mine at Home Desperate (Home Depot for those lacking in sarcasm), and they only had one. I haven’t seen any since. But seriously! Buy it! I love it!