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  • Binomial name: Muehlenbeckia axillaris
  • Given name: Anita
  • Native to: New Zealand, Australia
  • Bought: June 23, 2021 at House of Plants
  • Original pot (current): 3.5 inch, plastic

Field notes — June 25, 2021

  • Soil: 4 (barely moist)
  • Signs of pests: fuzzy white-orange speck, cleaned off with finger then lost the location to wipe down

Field notes — June 29, 2021

  • Soil: 2 (dry). Watered and fertilized with PlantRx.

Research notes


  • Light: full sun, partial shade
  • Humidity: 30 to 40%
  • Temperature: 18 to 27 degrees Celsius


  • Preference: in summer when mix is dry one inch down; in winter when mix is dry one third down

Soil, fertilization, and pots

  • Soil type: a variety, as long as well-draining
  • Soil pH: not picky
  • Fertilization: once every four weeks in growing season; half-strength balanced water-soluble fertilizer
  • Repotting: in spring every 2 years; to a pot 1 size larger or in the same pot with fresh mix


  • Grow style: fast
  • Mature size: up to 6 inches
  • Pruning:
    New stems: regularly (encourage branching and to shape them).
    In spring: up to one-third to keep the plant compact
  • Propagation: spring; three to four inch stem cuttings; dip in rooting hormone; root in perlite or fresh potting mix

Research sources: the spruceGuide to Houseplants

PlantRx, first application

Topical fertilizing spray made in Canada from worm compost from Europe. So fancy. Eat your little hearts out, plants.

How often should I apply this, really? Sources say, “every day, every three days, or three times a growing season!” while other sources say, “when your plants need a pick-me-up!”. Well, that’s clear.