How to care for your Turtle Vine

 

Why we chose this plant

Turtle Vine is a succulent that has such beautiful, delicate-looking little leaves, which have a beautiful trailing habit on their darker purple stems. They can grow up to 3m in length and width when given enough space - and they grow FAST, up to half a metre per year to be exact.Turtle Vine looks stunning left to trail over a statement pot or planter and it was an easy choice for our Plant of the Month for June.

Native habitat

Turtle Vine is a trailing succulent native to South America.

Light and position in the home

Turtle Vine likes bright, indirect light and you should avoid direct sun, especially in the summer. A North or East facing windowsill is ideal.

Foliage and flowers

Turtle Vine has beautiful, soft, downy, dark green leaves which grow on beautiful dark purple stems. The flower small, white blooms in late spring/early summer. It also has a magnificent trailing habit and loots beautiful in a statement pot.

Temperature

This plant prefers it on the cooler side - somewhere between 10-20 celsius - and an average amount of humidity.

Watering

Callisia 'Turtle' loves moist soil. Once the pot begins to feel light when lifted, it's time for another water.

Did you know?

There are over nineteen species of Callisia that originate right across the Americans . The genus was first described in the 1720s by Pehr Löfling, using the Greek word for 'beauty'.

This plant is toxic to cats and dogs.