Cissus juttae is a strange-looking succulent from the desert areas of South and West Africa. In nature they may reach 10 feet high with a diameter of 3 feet. The one we have is 12 years old and is only 18 inches tall with a diameter of 6 inches.
Blooming Time: Spring. The flowers are small, greenish and are not particularly showy.
Culture: Cissus juttae need full sun and a well-drained soil. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. During the growing season, the plant is watered at least once a week and is fertilized once during this time. Water should be restricted during the winter dormancy period.
Propagation: Cissus juttae are propagated by cuttings or by seed. Cuttings are taken from branches should be allowed to dry for a period of 3-4 weeks before potting.
Cissus juttae was featured as Plant of the Week March 2-8, 2001.
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