Callisia is known as the Striped Inch Plant because of its white striped leaves and close relationship to Tradescantias. The underside of the leaves are beautiful reddish-purple.
Water plentifully during the active growth period, enough to keep the potting mixture thoroughly moist, but never allow pots to stand in water. In the short Winter rest period water sparingly.
Use standard liquid fertilizer once every 2 weeks in the active growth period only.
Because Callisia Elegans eventually loses compactness and richness of color, replace old plants with new. A 3 inch pot is big enough for a plant's lifetime.
Take 2 inch long tip cuttings in Spring or Summer. Insert several cuttings in a 2-3 inch pot of cutting compost and keep them in bright filtered light, watering the plant sparingly. After 2-3 weeks when roots have developed, treat the new plants as mature Callisias. This plant can also be propagated by divisions.
Give bright light with 3-4 hours a day of direct sunlight at all times. They thrive in warm rooms.
The plant will sprawl or climb and is at its best when trailing from the edge of a shelf, or plant it in a hanging basket.
Rich well drained soil.
Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.