How to grow Callisia navicularis

Callisia navicularis growing subshrub succulent of the genus Callisia also known as Tradescantia navicularis or Chain Plant, Callisia navicularis perennial evergreen or as annual plant, used as ornamental plant for the leaves that can be colorful 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 also possible to keep overwinter indoor.

Leaves color green and can be variegata with purple, red, pink or more than one color in triangle shape.

Callisia navicularis flower

Flower color purple with 3 petals in triangle shape.

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In the past was categorize in other genus Phyodina navicularis and Tradescantia navicularis

How to grow Callisia navicularis 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

Planting season:
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:

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Dead bloom stems and leaves

Size of the plant:
5-10cm (2-4 inches)

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
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 indoor 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.

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower:
Triangle flower in purple color with 3 petals

Sowing requirement:
Location with light and better sandy or well ventilated soil and also good drainage is important

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark place in room temperature

Sowing season:
As annual better in spring or indoor late winter and possible from the autumn, in hardiness zone 10-11 spring to autumn, hardiness zone 12+ all year, better in hot summer location of full shade in order to sow in the summer

Planting spacing:
20-30cm, (8-12 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
0.5cm, (0.25inches)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, humidity but do not over water and don’t let it dry

Watering requires for Seeds:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Germination time:
2-4 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Light with moist soil and well ventilated soil

Scientific name:

Callisia navicularis

Alternative names: Roselings, Tradescantia navicularis, Chain Plant, Phyodina navicularis

How to grow Callisia navicularis

Callisia navicularis plant

Callisia navicularis


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Purple flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Leaf color
  • Pink leaves
  • Purple leaf
  • Red leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Subshrub
  • Succulent
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Ground cover plants
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9

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