Container grown creeping Jenny (CGCJ) is a popular houseplant with many benefits. CGCJ grows well in containers, but it does require some special care. You may have seen these plants at your local nursery or garden center. They are called “creepers” because they grow into small trees when fully mature and then fall over when touched. These plants look very pretty and they make beautiful additions to any home décor!

In the wild, these plants live in groups and may even form a colony. However, in our homes they tend to cluster together so tightly that they become pests. They do not like being disturbed from their cozy little cocoon-like existence and will cause damage if disturbed too much. Some people believe that you need to remove them all at once or slowly one by one until they die off completely.

Others think that they can be kept alive in a pot and still thrive.

There are several different types of creeping jennys available today. Most come in a variety of colors including white, pink, yellow, red, orange and green. There are also varieties that have been genetically modified to produce flowers instead of leaves such as the Green Giant Creeping Jenny (Hedera helix). The most common type is the Dwarf Creeping Jenny (Echinocactus sp.

grusonia).

In nature, they grow naturally in drier climates. Let’s take a quick look at the basic care information for this plant and what you need to know to keep yours healthy and thriving.

Lighting

Creeping Jenny is a very versatile plant that can thrive under a wide range of lighting conditions. They can survive under bright sunlight or even low-light conditions such as an overcast day. They seem to grow better in areas with southern exposure. If you are able, try to give your plant some direct sunlight every once in awhile.

Temperature

Creeping Jenny is a very hardy plant that can survive even the coldest of winters. However, it requires less watering in the winter months and needs a place where the temperature stays above freezing at all times. If your home is very drafty you may want to think about moving yours into a sunnier spot to help keep it warmer.

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Watering

One of the biggest reasons that people kill their Creeping Jenny plants is from over or under-watering. The best way to tell if your plant needs water is to check the soil. Take off the lid and get your hands dirty! If the soil is dry more than 1 inch down then it’s time to water.

Add water to the soil and then wait until the top 2 inches are dry again before watering again. Let the soil almost dry out before re-watering. It’s better to under-water than over-water. Make sure that you never let the soil completely dry out or the roots will eventually rot and kill the entire plant.

The soil should be loose and well drained. It’s better to use potting soil instead of regular garden soil because it allows more air to reach the roots.

Fertilizer

You can fertilize your plant monthly in the spring and summer with a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen and high in phosphorous. Too much nitrogen will cause lots of foliage and not many flowers. It’s best to avoid fertilizing in the fall and winter months.

So there you have it! Now you know everything you need to know about Creeping Jenny. These plants are relatively easy to care for and make a wonderful addition to any collection.

Happy Planting!

Spike

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