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Striped Inch Plant

English Name

Callisia Elegans

Scientific Name

Description

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.

Mexico

Origin

Commelinaceae

Family

45°F - 72°F

Temperature (°F)

6" - 1'

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Yes

Fragrance

Color

Watering

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.

Feeding

Use standard liquid fertilizer once every 2 weeks in the active growth period only.

Repotting

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.

Propagation

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.

Cultivation

Give bright light with 3-4 hours a day of direct sunlight at all times. They thrive in warm rooms.

Decorate

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.

Soil

Rich well drained soil.



Did you know?

Watering is necessary when transplanting, but be careful not to over water.