Callisia repens (Mini Tradescantia)

Callisia repens (Mini Tradescantia)

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Callisia repens, also known as Turtle Vine or Inch Plant, is a low-growing, trailing plant that is native to Mexico and Central America. It is a popular houseplant due to its attractive foliage and ease of care.

The plant has small, oval-shaped leaves that are green on top and purple on the underside. The leaves grow in clusters along the stems, which can reach up to 2-3 feet in length. In the summer, the plant produces small, white flowers that are not particularly showy.

Callisia repens is a relatively easy plant to care for. It prefers bright, gentle sunlight, but can also tolerate medium light conditions. It should be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, but avoid overwatering as this can cause root rot. The plant can also benefit from occasional misting to increase humidity.

In terms of temperature, Turtle Vine prefers warm temperatures between 60-80°F (15-27°C). It can be grown outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9-11, but it should be brought indoors or protected from frost in colder climates.

The plant can be propagated easily by stem cuttings, which can be rooted in water or soil. It can also benefit from occasional fertilization during the growing season to promote healthy growth.

Overall, Callisia repens is a beautiful and low-maintenance plant that can add a touch of greenery to any space. With the right care, it can thrive both indoors and outdoors.