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How to grow and care for muehlenbeckia

All you need to know about growing muehlenbeckia in our Grow Guide.

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

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Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does fruit in October

Plant does fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

  • Plant size

    4m height

    2.5m spread

Meuhlenbeckia is a deciduous shrub with small dark green leaves, which can be grown as a climber or ground cover. It will produce small, greenish white flowers in summer, and small, white, inedible fruit in autumn. It’s primarily grown for its foliage.

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How to grow and care for meuhlenbeckia

Meuhlenbeckia can be grown as a climber or as a ground cover. It’s primarily an outdoor plant, but it can also be grown as a house plant, its trailing nature will work well when grown in a pot. When growing as a climber, ensure it has suitable support.


Where to grow meuhlenbeckia

Growing meuhlenbeckia as a house plant. Getty Images.

Grow meuhlenbeckia in moist, well-drained soil, in full sun or light shade. It will require shelter from cold winds and if growing as a climber, will need support. It is easy to care for but is fast growing and can become invasive, so some pruning may be required to maintain the desired size. Meuhlenbeckia can also be grown in a pot, allowing you to contain this fast growing plant.


How to plant meuhlenbeckia

Meuhlenbeckia and heuchera in a container. Getty Images.

Meuhlenbeckia can be purchased as a pot plant and either grown in a sheltered spot in your garden or in a container. It’s fast growing and can become invasive so consider this when planting. Leave to grow as a ground cover, or provide support and train it to climb.


How to care for meuhlenbeckia

Muehlenbeckia is easy to care for, it will grow well if sheltered from the wind, in full sun or light shade. Some protection may be required at the hottest time of the day. Muehlenbeckia is frost hardy, but may need some additional protection in winter. It will require support if growing as a climber. It does not require regular pruning.


How to propagate meuhlenbeckia

Meuhlenbeckia can be propagated by semi-ripe cuttings taken in late summer to early autumn, ensure the cutting is taken from this seasons growth. Choose plant material that looks healthy and remove with a sharp tool.


How to prune meuhlenbeckia

Meuhlenbeckia does not require regular pruning, unless it has grown larger than you would like. Prune immediately after flowering.


Pests and diseases

Meuhlenbeckia is not prone to any problems from pests and diseases.

Advice on buying muehlenbeckia

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  • Muehlenbeckia may be available from your local garden centre or nursery, but you will have more options online
  • Always check plants for signs of damage or disease before planting

Where to buy muehlenbeckia

Muehlenbeckia varieties to grow

Muehlenbeckia complexa, known as the necklace vine. Height x Spread: 4m x 2.5m.

Muehlenbeckia complexa ‘Maori’. H x S: 4m x 2.5m.

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Muehlenbeckia astonii, this variety is an erect shrub with wiry branches and small heart-shaped leaves. It is particularly tolerant of dry and exposed conditions. H x S: 2.5m x 2.5m.