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Teddy Bear Vine

Cyanotis kewensis

Teddy Bear Vine Plant Features

Teddy bear vine is a unique houseplant that has spreading or trailing stems decorated with unusual tear-drop-shaped fuzzy chocolate-brown leaves. The soft texture of its foliage gives rise to its common name, teddy bear vine. Because of the plant's growth shape, it's best to grow teddy bear vine in hanging baskets in front of a bright window (or under fluorescent lights), or on a flat surface, such as a tabletop where the stems can grow horizontally. Because it's relatively slow growing, you don't need to worry about this trailing houseplant getting out of bounds. 

Teddy Bear Vine Growing Instructions

Grow teddy bear vine in a medium or bright spot. In most areas, it can take some direct sun on the leaves through a window, but this is best in the morning rather than the afternoon hours as too much sunlight can burn the foliage. Like most houseplants, you can grow teddy bear vine well under plant lights, as well as regular fluorescent lights, making it a good choice for offices. 

Water teddy bear vine when the top inch or so of the potting mix is dry. If you're unsure about watering teddy bear vine, it's best to let it stay consistently a little too dry than a little too wet. 

If you wish to fertilize your teddy bear vine, you can do so to encourage it to grow faster. The best time to feed this houseplant is typically in the spring and summer months. If you fertilize, use a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer and be sure to follow the directions on the product packaging. 

Teddy bear vine typically does not require much pruning, though you can give it a trim anytime stems get too long for your liking. 

  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors


  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Teddy Bear Vine with these varieties:
Inch Plant
Inch plant, a close relative of teddy bear vine, has a similar plant shape, so the two can be grown together for an interesting effect in hanging baskets.