Callisia: Greenhouse Plants

W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F)

Family: Commelinaceae

Tropical America

This is a daintier relative of the Tradescantia or Wandering Jew. The only species that appears regularly in cultivation is Callisia repens, the Bolivian Jew. This little plant won fame as a star on the BBC Wogan Show. A plea was sent out for someone to put a name to the plant. Indeed, it would seem to be one of a group of plants frequently grown but rarely written about or seen in garden centres. The leaves are round and only 6 mm (1/4 in) across, being borne on stems which trail over the side of the pot branching to form a mound of growth. This makes them ideal little plants for the edge of the greenhouse staging. Short shoot cuttings are very quick to root, taking only a week if put in water. The quickest way to get a good plant is to insert the cuttings directly into an 8-cm (3-in) pot of compost and simply allow them to grow. Occasionally small white flowers may appear but they are insignificant.

01. July 2013 by admin
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