The Q&A Archives: Purple Snail Vine Plant in lg pot

Question: The plant I found at home depot was not tagged at all. From what I have found, I believe it to be a purple snail vine plant no fragrance. I just transplanted it into a real large pot and had it in full sun. It is wilted now, so I put it in the shade. Poor thing - it doesn't look happy. I gave it a lot of water when I transplanted it. Any suggestions on what to do with it now?

Answer: Snail vine, or corkscrew vine has sweetpea shaped flowers but no fragrance.
This vine is perennial and will grow in full sun to part shade. I think the wilting is due to being freshly transplanted and then set in the summer sun. You were right in moving it to a more protected place, at least until the plant establishes itself. In a few weeks you can gradually expose it to more and more sunshine until it is eventually sitting in all day sun. The plants are thirsty so check the soil moisture level on a daily basis until you determine how often you'll need to water. Just stick your finger into the soil. If it is still moist about an inch down, you won't need to water for a day or two. As soon as the roots establish themselves the plant will perk up and you'll see new growth. At that time you can prune away anything that's obviously dead. Lots of new flowering stems will emerge from the crown of the plant as soon as it adjusts to its new home. It will stop growing in the winter and that's the perfect time to prune it back to the rim of the container. After resting for several weeks it will produce healthy new growth which you can either allow to cascade over the rim of the container or train up onto a trellis. Enjoy your new plant!

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