Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Pellionia, commonly known as Trailing Begonia or Rainbow Vine. This species of flowering plant that belongs to the Urticaceae or Nettle plant family along with Pilea and is native to Southeast Asia. In its native habitat you will find Pellionia growing under the canopy of other plants. Pellionia is an interesting, somewhat uncommon plant that has small, pposite leaves with dark green, almost black veins. Small white clusters of flowers apperaing in tendrils respond to temperatures change by releasing their pollen in small puffs of smoke. You will primarily see this plant grown in terrariums or lush hanging baskets. There are several varieties of Pellionia, at Tonkadale we carry Pellionia daveauana and Pellionia pulchra - this one is known as Watermelon Vine.
Let’s talk about care. Bright, indirect light is best. An eastern exposure is adequate. Direct sun may scorch the foliage of this delicate plant. When for watering weekly. Pellionia do not like to dry all the way down. Water when the top inch or two of soil are dry to the touch. During the winter months, your plant will require noticeably less water. High humidity is a must - get in the habit of misting this plant weekly with a Continuous Spray Bottle to keep it happy, healthy, and turgid! When it's time to repot, we like Sol Soils Houseplant Chunky Mix! Allow your plant to completly size up before moving to the next sized pot. Keep an eye out for common pests such as mealy bugs, spider mites, and scale. Check for pests weekly when watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment.
We currently carry Pellionia daveauana and Pellionia pulchra in 6” pots in the greenhouse. If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to us by phone, Instagram, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.