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Friday, November 27, 2020

Different Types of Callisia Species

 Similar to a Tradescantia species, this particular type seemed to intrigue me especially the beautiful foliage structure. I find that they are actually planted more as a hanging basket plant and viewed as a colony plant rather than a singular plant. 

I often find this particular plant species taken for granted, sort of more like considered as a nuisance than a houseplant especially when they grow leggy and do have invasive tendency.

However when maintained and cared properly this one can truly be a beauty. I want to share my collection and my experience with them and my thoughts on this particular species type.

I would really recommend this one for beginners as they are quite hardy and robust and the plus point of this particular one always come with vibrant colored foliage which give strong emphasize in small space garden or a hanging potted plant.

This is the List of Types of Callisia species.
Do click on the Name of the Plant for more detailed information
on this particular type to their link below:

                Callisia Repens 'Pink Lady'       

Basic Plant Care:

As I mentioned earlier these are hardy plants and easy care, however these are some basics considering them.

These ones prefers daily watering however they cannot handle over-watering and may easily rot away if they are in wet feet. They seemed to do fine if they are underwater but may shed lower leaves for it to survive.

They require bright indirect light - too hot may cause them to have burned leaves and too shaded may cause them to become leggy - looking for a light source and easily break due being too brittle.
However if they are in their optimum light position - the foliage appears to be vibrant and colorful.

I find they can do very well in all range of soil medium - a well balanced fast draining soil medium works best and they seemed to be a surface plant and therefore don't require deep pot rather shallow pot will do. Also they are very much behave as a trailing plant and works best cascading or trailing plant.

Above all, these truly don't need any fertilizer - I just spray my general foliage fertilizer to all my plants and spray together on them.

I find that snail & slugs seemed to feed on their leaves and can be easily taken cared of by using mollusk pesticide.

The best and easiest method to propagate them using stem cutting - trim off the bottom leaves (2 nodes) and poke into the soil medium and kept them in shade for a week until new growth appears.
Also they do then to grow longer and the matured bottom part of the stem structure appear to leggy and messy. It would do look good and neat when they are trimmed and replanted.

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