Callisia Repens

The Callisia Repens, also known as the Callisia Bubbles, is a low creeping succulent. It has small glossy green leaves which are beautifully highlighted by a purple undertone. This cute succulent draws the attention of most plant lovers due to the delightful rounded form it can hold. The Callisia Repens is the perfect touch to style a side table or counter. The Callisia is known as a fast growing plant which will reward any house plant hobbyist in no time. Its trailing mass can reach lengths of up to 1.2m long! Making it an ideal plant for a Macrame hanger or trailing from a bookshelf.

To keep this plant looking it’s best regular maintenance is required. If left untrimmed your Callisia Repens will become leggy and start to look quite scraggly. Like most plants your Callisia will also want to be kept damp, but not water logged. It will dramatically tell you this by starting to die off quickly if it is kept wetter than it prefers. As a tropical plant originating from Central America the Callisia prefers a humid environment in a spot of indirect light or partial shade. These are common environmental conditions shared with the majority of the tropical house plants we invite into our home.

Callisia repens Plant Care

Temperature

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

Light

The Callisia prefers bright indirect sunlight. However, it will tolerate a shadier position. Direct sun light will burn its 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 your 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 you plant to see if it needs to be moved or watered.