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Care of the plant Callisia repens or Creeping inchplant.

Care of the plant Callisia repens or Creeping inchplant

The genus Callisia, family Commelinaceae, includes 20 species of native herbaceous plants, mostly from Mexico and Central America. Some species are: Callisia repens, Callisia elegans, Callisia fragrans, Callisia gentlei.

Common names: Creeping inchplant, Turtle vine, Bolivian Jew. This species is native to Central and South America.

They are small perennial plants with a hanging or covering habit and brittle stems that reach 20-30 cm in height. The decorative fleshy leaves are heart-shaped and hug the stems. The flowers are small and white but they are not decorative. They bloom in summer.

They are used as indoor plants in hanging pots and as covers in regions with a subtropical and tropical climate.

Callisia repens prefers semi-shade exposure as direct sun (especially in Mediterranean climates) can burn the leaves. The winter temperature should not be lower than 15 ºC.

The soil can be a mixture, in equal parts, of garden substrate with siliceous sand, peat and leaf mulch or a substrate for indoor plants.

Water with lime-free water waiting for the soil to dry. Spray the plant every day with lime-free water in summer. The rest of the year spray 2 times a week.

Fertilize with mineral fertilizer every 15 days in spring and summer but in a dose that is 1/3 of the usual.

They do not need pruning but can be trimmed to obtain cuttings.

If the humidity is low, they can be attacked by mites.

They reproduce by cuttings that root very well in water in any season of the year.

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