What is Variegated Wax Ivy? – How to grow Senecio Wax Ivy Plants?

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This is a special plant that looks like ivy but is succulent (sensiflora). Wax ivy, like other senile plants, has thick leaves and can be grown indoors or out. Care for this plant like a regular succulent.

Sensiflora can surprise you with pale yellow daisy-like blooms, stems, and leaf margins that appear pink or purple in bright sunlight. You can plant in hanging baskets, with plump stems cascading from the edge of the container.

Quick takeaways:

  • This succulent is grown in a greenhouse in San Diego.
  • Senecio wax ivy is a hardy, low-maintenance plant that can be grown outdoors in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and higher. Keep plants dry in winter.
  • Fertilize during active growth. As a houseplant, it can help purify the air.
  • When ingested, some research suggests it may provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

It is not hardy and is most often grown as a houseplant. Let’s know more about this plant and how to grow it and take care of it in detail. 

What is Variegated Wax Ivy?

Variegated wax ivy also known as Senecio macroglossia is a delightful trailing plant with succulent stems and waxy ivy-like leaves.

Also known as Senecio variegated, it is related to the string of pearl plants. It is native to South Africa and grows wild on the forest floor. 

You should keep the plant in bright indirect light to get the best pink from the leaves. Grow in well-drained potting soil and allow the mixture to dry thoroughly before watering thoroughly.

How to Grow Senecio Wax Ivy Plants?

Hey folks, do you know how to grow Senecio wax ivy plants? No worries! You will come to know about it with the help of this article. You have to go through the below points: 

Step 1- First, you have to Grow colorful waxy ivy in containers filled with potting soil formulated for cacti and succulents. 

Step 2- For successful wax ivy care, the plant is happiest in the bright sun but can tolerate a little shade. 

Step 3- Keep in mind that Temperatures should be above 4°C, but optimal growth occurs when temperatures are at least 24°C. 

Step 4- Also, Water the plants until moisture seeps through the drainage holes, then stop watering until the soil is slightly dry. 

Step 5- Like most succulents, bellflower will rot in moist, poorly drained soil.

By following the above steps you can easily come to know how you can also grow the Senecio wax ivy plants.

“Forests are the lungs of our land.”

– By Franklin D. Roosevelt

What can be the caring tips for growing Senecio wax ivy plants? 

As of now, you are clear with the process of growing it just like sweet broom shrubs but you need to be more concerned about its caring techniques. Let’s discuss how you can take care of these wax ivy plants with the help of the below points: 

Sunlight requirements

  • You need to provide them with bright direct or indirect sunlight for their growth but do not place them in low light as they will not be able to grow because of a lack of sunlight.
  • You can place them on balconies or windows

Water requirements

  • Wax ivy plants need to take water when they get dry.
  • Do not overwater them as rotting of the roots can happen.
  • If you feel that the soil is dry, then you can water them. 

Soil requirements

  • You have to use well-drained soil which should be a cactus mix or succulent mix.
  • This will grow the plant more efficiently. 

Temperature and Humidity

  • This plant will grow well in a temperature that is a minimum of about 75 degrees F or 24 degrees C. 
  • They will not tolerate a temperature that is below 40 F or 4 C.
  • Last but not least, you have to plant this variety in a location where the plant can remain average humid. 
  • If the humidty is more, then there will be issues in the plant as there will be more chances of fungal infestations in the plant. 

Pests & Diseases

  • Every plant is prone to diseases and pests but this plant is pests-free. 
  • But powdery mildew will be a challenge for the plant, so you have to keep inspecting the plant. 
  • Check the foliage and then you have to spray off the neem oil solution to the plant. 
  • You can also wipe off the leaves with a cloth to remove the extra dust. 


  • Pruning is done to maintain the healthy shape and size of the plant. 
  • It will help stimulate new and fresh growth in the plant, so you have to remove all the dead leaves from the plant. 
  • Removal of all the droopy and affected leaves from the plant to help in letting the new growth emerge. 


  • Fertilizer is required by every plant to thrive well, you have to provide this plant with a good amount of fertilizer in the plant. 
  • You can use balanced liquid fertilizers to the plant, you have to dilute the mixture with half its strength to maintain the balance. 
  • You have to fertilize the plant after every 4 to 6 weeks. Do not fertilize the plant at the time of winners because the plant is in its dormant period at that time. 
  • You can also change the soil every year to stimulate new growth of the plant. 
  • Fertilizers will help in providing a good amount of nutrients to the plant.
  • Make sure to use all-purpose fertilizer for growing them. They can grow timely with this which will be beneficial for you all. 

Wrapping up the context

In this article, you come to know about the Variegated wax ivy which is also known as Senecio macroglossia is a delightful trailing plant with succulent stems and waxy ivy-like leaves.

Also known as Senecio variegated, it is related to the string of pearl plants. It is native to South Africa and grows wild on the forest floor

Thanks for reading! Happy Gardening!

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