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