Callisia Repens – Sweet Bubbles

The Callisia repens variegata, also known as the Sweet Bubbles, is a low creeping succulent. This plant features beautiful patches of cute baby-pink leaves, making it quite a dreamy looking plant. These gorgeous colours develop amongst the green or creamy-yellow foliage and is complemented by the purple underside of its leaves. Variegation is where a leaf has beautiful white or cream colouring due to the lack of chlorophyll being present, or baby pink and cream leaves as is the case with the Sweet Bubbles. With the absence of chlorophyll, those leaves are unable to photosynthesise and help to feed the plant. You will want to allow your plant to keep a perfect balance of green leaves to enable it to feed itself, and yet make sure the green leaves don’t dominate and overtake the whole plant. Without intervention you will see your plant revert to its natural form of Green Callisia Repens.

Your traditional, pure green, Callisia Bubbles grows to have quite a rounded form and would generally be trimmed regularly to maintain its shape. The Sweet Bubbles will naturally want to grow similarly. However, due to the increased rate of growth of the green leaves, they will become more prominent, this will be quite noticeable due to the slower growth of pink or creamy-yellow leaves. A higher level of pruning will be needed to help your plant achieve that enchanting bubble shape. If left untrimmed, your Sweet Bubbles will become leggy and misshapen, or as mentioned a reverted Callisia repens. The Sweet Bubbles requires damp soil that isn’t waterlogged. As a tropical plant originating from Central America, the Callisia does prefer a humid environment and will need a spot of bright indirect light, to help it maintain its variegation.

Callisia Sweet Bubbles Plant Care

Temperature

The Callisia Repens prefers a warm and humid environment. Ideally, with temperatures above 16 degrees.

Light

The Callisia will require bright indirect sunlight every day. If placed in a shadier spot, the new foliage may not be variegated. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves.

Watering

Water regularly but allow the soil to partly dry out before watering again. The roots do not like to be left wet so ensure that your pot has good drainage. Water slightly more during spring and summer months which are periods of growth. Reduce your watering schedules during the winter months.

Maintenance

The Callisia repens will need to be trimmed regularly to help maintain the desired shape of your plant. It will hold a ‘bubble’ shape until the weight of its stems and leaves make it trail. Put you plant out in the summer rain, or rinsing it in the shower on occasion to remove any dust that my have accumulated.

Fertilizer

During spring and summer use an all-purpose liquid plant food to promote new growth.

Toxicity

The Callisia is a known irritant to pets and children and should not be consumed.

Soil

This plant prefers a well-draining acidic soil.

Re-potting

When the Callisia Repens is starting to lose its lush condition it is time to re-pot. Take the healthier portion of your plant and place into fresh soil.

Potential Problems

Discolouration of Leaves: Browning leaves on your plant is an indication of under-watering or is a result of leaf burn due to direct sunlight. Check the location and weight of your plant to see if it needs to be moved or watered.

Loss of Variegated leaves: If your plant is not producing variegated pink/cream leaves it is a sign that your plant is determined to survive by increasing the number of green leaves it currently has. To help your plant maintain its variegation, select a new location where it may get a greater number of hours of bright indirect light. As well as reduce the amount of green foliage to ensure the pink foliage has room to develop.