1 Gallon
Bolivian Sunset Callisia navicularis
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Bolivian Sunset Callisia navicularis

Plant Type:

Perennial

Description:

Slightly succulent leaves on stems with long internodes or on crowded shoots near the center of the plant. Flowers are bright magenta when formed, but the plant is grown mostly for its foliage as a basket or groundcover.

Origin:

Guatemala

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

Yes

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed weekly spring through fall with a water soluble fertilizer. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to none Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Stem cuttings and plantlets at anytime. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or plantlets in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist occasionally with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining). An ideal plant for a hanging basket.

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