Bolivian Inch Plant

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  • Low Maintenance
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 2 Feet 
  • Pet Safe

The Bolivian Inch Plant (Callisia repens, also called Bolivian Jew, Turtle Vine, and Creeping Inch Plant) is a low-maintenance creeping plant. The leaves of this plant are small, almost olive green, tinged with raspberry, which continues onto the undersides. These leaves are gently wrapped around a dark vine, reaching up to two feet long. The Bolivian Inch Plant is easy to care for, needing little more than regular watering and bright indirect light. 

Best Locations For Growing Bolivian Inch Plant

Great as a hanging plant, the Bolivian Inch Plant does well in a kitchen or bathroom window, with easier access to water and humidity. This plant works well as a tabletop plant as well, with its leaves clinging tightly and neatly to its vines, inching along decoratively. Because Callisia plants are non-toxic, the Bolivian Inch Plant is suitable for homes with children and pets. 

Bolivian Inch Plant Sunlight Requirements

Place the Bolivian Inch Plant in a north- or east-facing window for all-day indirect bright light. South- and west-facing windows will work as well, though the plant should be protected from direct afternoon sunlight to avoid burning the leaves. In lower light, the Bolivian Inch Plant tends to become leggy, with the space between its leaves stretching and the plant losing its compact appearance. 

Bolivian Inch Plant Care

The Bolivian Inch Plant will grow well in a standard houseplant potting mix that is peat based and well draining. Repot this plant every two years or so, choosing a pot an inch or two larger than the previous, with drainage holes. When watered incorrectly, the Bolivian Inch plant will develop soft stems (overwatering) or lose its lowest leaves (underwatering). This plant can be trimmed regularly to keep the plant compact and encourage branching, creating a fuller look. 

Watering Bolivian Inch Plant

Allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out in between waterings. Water deeply until water flows out the bottom of the pot about every 5-7 days, depending on lighting and temperature. These plants prefer consistently damp but not soggy soil and will wilt when underwatered. Consistent watering is key to keeping the plant healthy and full looking. 

Feeding Bolivian Inch Plant

The Bolivian Inch Plant will benefit from regular watering during the growing season. In the spring and summer, use a liquid houseplant fertilizer. Water the fertilizer into the soil once or twice a month, taking care to follow dilution recommendations to avoid damaging the plant’s sensitive roots and leaves. You will not have to fertilize in the winter as plants slow their growth. 

Bolivian Inch Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Trailing
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Height: 2 feet
Mature Spread: 12 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: White
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Gray-Green
Temperature: 55° - 70°F (13° - 21°C)
Humidity: Low
Common Name: Bolivian Wandering Jew
Other Name(s): Bolivian Wandering Jew, Chain Plant, Inch Plant, Turtle Vine
Scientific Name: Callisia repens
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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