Callisia fragrans growing subshrub succulent of the genus Callisia also known as Basket plant or Chain Plant, Callisia fragrans perennial evergreen or as annual plant, can used as edible plant for leaves, for the fragrant flowers, medical plant and also used as ornamental plant and as groundcover plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate, tropic climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ as perennial or 4-10a as annual, instead of annual possible to keep it indoor with right care over winter in cold areas.
Leaves edible color green in triangle shape.
Callisia fragrans flower
Flower fragrant color white in triangle shape.
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Requirements for Callisia fragrans growing and care:
Well-drained soil, mulch, humidity, rich soil, moist soil, organic matter, when grown as annual need to take indoor new cutting for next year
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction – start by cutting for stems put the stem in moist soil, better peat soil but possible other soil, consider to use greenhouse or plastic box to keep high humidity, possible to put in water and switch the water every few days but might not work and other option layering – bending a branch over and covering it with soil.
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but in order to get specific leaf color recommend
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Can cause skin irritation
Spring as annual in hardiness zone 4-10a, as perennial in spring to autumn 10b-11 and all year in hardiness zone 12+
Pests and diseases:
Autumn / Winter
How to prune:
Dead bloom stems and leaves
Size of the plant:
30-100cm, 1-3 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing
Small amount of water / Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full sun / Half shade / Full shade (with light)
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Yes (with a lot of light better next to window)
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container need to choose the right soil, can be sand soil or potting mix or even peat soil with perlite, care not to put too much water, switch the soil every few years and cut the roots, the container need to be bigger than the root ball 50% or the desirable size if the roots too much big prune the roots and the leaves.
Winter to summer
General information about the flower:
Triangle flower in white color
Leaves harvesting season:
Spring to autumn hardiness zone 10b-11a, all the year hardiness zone 11b+, as annual in hardiness zone 4-10a summer to autumn
How to harvest the leaves?
After the plant establish cut the leaves in the base next to the stem
Information about leaves:
Triangle shape that connected in the base to the stems, leaves green glossy
Uses of Callisia fragrans leaves:
Eat raw, cooked
Alternative names: Spironema fragrans, Spironema orthandrum, Basket plant, Chain plant, Inch plant