- Jade vine
- Conservation story
- Wildlife facts
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- Strongylodon macrobotrys-Jade Vine or Emerald Creeper
- Seed Availability
- Growing Environment
- Native Range
- Related Species
- Growing Jade Vines: Care Of Jade Vines Indoors And Out
- Growing Jade Vines
- Care of Jade Vines
- This plant grows only in the damp riverine rainforests of the Phillipines.
- The hanging collections of its flowers grow up 90cm long, and their bright colour attracts pollinating bats at twilight.
The jade vine’s natural habitat is under threat from deforestation and general degradation. This not only puts a strain on the jade vine but also a great deal of other rare plants only found on the Philippines.
These flowers are pollinated by bats, which are drawn to the glowing luminosity of the flowers at twilight. The bat hangs upside down and drinks the nectar from the flowers while brushing the top of their heads against the pollen. That pollen is then left on the female part of the next flower the bat visits, and pollination takes place. If the pollination is successful, the plant produces fruit that grows up to the size of a melon. At Eden our horticulturists mimic the action of the bat’s head with their hands in order to pollinate our jade vine.
- Kew Gardens
- Cambridge University Botanic Garden
- Wikihow – how to make a jade vine bloom
- Axillary: joined where leaf stalk meets stem.
- Pendulous: hanging.
- Raceme: a flowering structure where the individual flowers are clearly stalked, the newest and last to open being at the apex.
- Trifoliolate: with three leaflets.
Strongylodon macrobotrys-Jade Vine or Emerald Creeper
From the rainforests of the Philippines this fascinating climbing plant the Jade Vine or Strongylodon macrobotrys although rare, it can be grown in Australia from seeds or seedlings with a little bit of care.
Often confusingly called the ‘Red Jade Vine’ is Mucuna bennettii and this is totally different species, but with shaped similar flowers. This one is more correctly given the common name of ‘Flame of the Forest’ or D’Albertis’ Creeper it is very rare in cultivation and is a strong climbing vine from New Guinea.
Strongylodon macrobotrys or ‘Jade Vine’ is well worth a try for a truely exotic look.
Care and Pruning
Requiring a shaded cool root run and more light (full sun) on the foliage is the main trick to mimicking its natural growth habit. Huge bracts of flowers hang down, each flower reminiscent of a crab claw, and yes they are a brilliant ‘Jade’ color.
Try growing this one on a pergola or on a climbing frame against a wall where the flowers can be allowed to cascade down, a spectacular sight.
Jade Vines require warmth, moisture and space for their root systems to develop, so a large container, or in the ground for longevity.
They are gross feeders so lots of fertilisers. Pruning will be essential, in the warmer months prune regularly to keep in shape.
Strongylodon (Jade Vine) Plants are available for sale from the following participating nurseries
TURNER’S GARDEN CENTRE- ph 07 3341 5214
473 Miles Platting Rd Rochedale Brisbane 4123
Specializing in fruit trees, including apple trees, citrus, avocado, mango, olive, macadamia, lychee, pawpaw and others. Also herbs and edibles.
www.turnersgardencentre.com.au PARADISE DISTRIBUTORS
phone : 07 5441 5921
Seeds are not available for the Jade Vine. Please visit our seed store to view current selections.
A large, woody, tropical vine growing up to 40 feet. Its blooms are comprised of up to 75+ individual flowers, hanging from long stalks, with the clusters growing up to 2-3 feet. The flowers have an unusual and exotic jade-green-blue color, a color rarely seen in the plant kingdom.
Tropical to subtropical, will survive brief frosts. While not common, some individual specimens have been reported to survive (though damaged) brief temperature drops to as low as 20F. The plant generally needs a warmer winter to survive. They grow well in South Florida and specimens will survive with some protection, in Southern California.
Thrives in moist, humid environments but adapts well to more arid, subtropical areas as well. Provide regular water during the warm season. Grow in full or filtered sun. The vine has a reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but actually is not that difficult when the climate is suitable. Home gardeners seem to have the most trouble in cool winter areas. While hardy to brief temperature drops, the vine thrives in warmer weather and needs warmer winter temperatures to properly flower. Good for greenhouses.
Seeds and cuttings.
A prized ornamental, suitable for tropical and subtropical gardens, as well as greenhouse culture.
Native to the forests of the Philippines.
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Growing Jade Vines: Care Of Jade Vines Indoors And Out
Also known as emerald creeper, jade vine plants (Strongylodon macrobotrys) are so extravagant that you have to see to believe. Jade vine is known for its spectacular blooms consisting of dangling clusters of shimmering greenish-blue, claw-shaped flowers. The huge, pendant-like clusters are suspended from twisting, wisteria-like stems with waxy green leaves. Read on for more information about growing jade vines and jade vine care.
Growing Jade Vines
This tropical climber is rambunctious in its natural environment, although the plant is in danger of extinction due to deforestation. If you’re interested in growing jade vines, you may have success growing the vine in the ground if you live in USDA plant hardiness zone 10 through 11.
Jade vine plants are also well suited for growing in greenhouses. You may be able to grow jade vine as a houseplant, too, if you can provide the proper growing conditions. Keep in mind that you may not see blooms until the second year; the vine won’t bloom until the base of the stem is at least ¾-inch in diameter.
Care of Jade Vines
Since most of us may not reside in a suitable area, growing jade vine as a houseplant is the best option. Jade vine care requires giving the plant plenty of direct sunlight and temperatures above 60 degrees F. (15 C.), as lower temperatures may damage the roots.
Your plant will be happiest in a clay pot that allows the roots to breathe. Use a peat-based potting mix that drains easily. Provide a sturdy trellis for the vine to climb, or place your plant in a hanging basket (until it becomes too heavy).
Water jade vine only when the top of the soil is visibly dry, then water slowly until excess moisture drips through the drainage hole. Although the plant thrives in high humidity, it tolerates normal room humidity. However, if your room is very dry, you can increase the humidity around the plant by setting the pot on a tray with a layer of damp pebbles.
Jade vine plants aren’t heavy feeders and a mixture of ½ teaspoon of water-soluble fertilizer per gallon of water is plenty. Feed the plant twice a month during spring and summer, and withhold fertilizer during fall and winter. Any type of balanced fertilizer is suitable, or you can use a fertilizer formulated for blooming plants.
Trim your jade vine plant after blooming, but be careful of hard pruning because the plant blooms on both old and new growth; hard pruning will delay blooming.