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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Callisia repens (Turtle Vine)

Callisia repens commonly known as Turtle Vine, Creeping Inch Plant & Bolivian Jew. It has an appearance like a succulent creeping like cascading plant and often plant in hanging basket.

I would say this is indeed a resilient plant - if you can see the picture below:

I actually plant this like a grass plant - replacing the weeds that grows here as they cover like a carpeted plant. It does get pest attack on the especially snails and slugs underneath them but this plant is so resilient and spring back just like that within weeks even though I prune them heavily just to reduce their invasive size.

A little bit of detail on How I care for this Plant:

It thrives in bright indirect light. I also found that it does not do well in full shade as it turns to become leggy searching for a light source and the stem grow thin and long and becomes ugly. And so - this one is more for the sunny type. 

Also unlike Pink Lady - this one can really take the drench - overwatering is not a problem for this one.
I also must say that this one can grow in any kind of soil medium condition - as you can see - it had already formed it's raised rootball mass and therefore not really needing to get their roots in any medium per say. I also realized that once this one had established itself - there is nothing much to be worried about.


Propagation is very simple, Just cut and trim or pull out a clump of it and replant it in a pot or open ground - there is nothing much to it.

However the downside of it - I had noticed that they don't really do so well in hanging pot where the older stem tend to age and lose their foliage and appear to be like skeleton fractions and become bottom heavy and there is nothing much one can do except to trim and replant them back the bottom portion - the setback is that, if the plant is thinly separated - the whole rootball is stressed and you may end up losing the whole clump and may have start growing them back from the start all over again.

And so, I find that they do so well as a ground cover plants - very much stable and durable and you don't have to worry about it once planted as they can just do so well as a substitute for grass/weed area plants.

In this condition - I hardy feed them with any fertilizer as they grow very fast and pruning becomes a monthly factor just to keep them in check from overgrowing and become invasive.

Apart from all these - it is truly a remarkable hardy plant to grow and I would recommend this for beginners who loves to try tiny miniature like foliage creeping plants.

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For other basic information of plant Care and Different Types of Callisia Species:
Different Types of Callisia Species

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