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How to Grow Inch Plant–Callisia

Inch plant, Callisia fragrans

Callisia, commonly called Inch Plant, is a trailing plant with striking leaves, the tops are olive green, striped with creamy yellow, the undersides are purplish. Because of its dangling growth, Callisia is best displayed in a hanging basket or on a pedestal.

Callisia resembles Tradescantia and Zebrina. Its stems stan erect when young, then start to droop as the reach their mature 2 to 3 feet (61-91cm) length.

Get to Know Callisia

  • Plant type: Creeping tropical vine, houseplant
  • Growing Zones and range: 10-11
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Height and width: Trailing plant grows to 3 feet (91cm) long
  • Foliage: Pointed oval leaves 1 to 8 inches (2.5-20cm) long with striking leaves, the tops are olive green, striped with creamy yellow, the undersides are purplish
  • Flowers: Fragrant flowers are rarely produced indoors.
  • Uses: Houseplant
  • Botanical name: Callisia spp.
  • Common name: Inch plant, striped inch plant
Inch plant, Callisia fragrans
Inch plant, Callisia fragrans

Where to Plant Callisia

  • Callisia grows best in filtered light with average humidity and at temperatures from 60° to 70°F (16°-21°C).
  • Use standard potting soil for callisia.

How to Water and Feed Callisia

  • Callisia likes lots of water—during the growing season be sure that the soil is always moist (like a squeezed-out sponge) but not soggy. Reduce watering during autumn and winter.
  • Fertilize with a complete fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

Callisia Care

  • Frequently pinch off growing tips to promote compact growth.
  • Callisia is occasionally bothered by red spider mites, mealybugs, whiteflies, and scale insects.

Callisia Propagation

  • Propagate by taking stem cuttings or by dividing the plant.

Callisia Varieties to Grow

  • Callisia elegans is the most commonly grown type.
  • Callisia fragrans is an unusual form with 10-inch-long leaves; it makes a massive hanging basket plant.

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