The Beautiful Houseplant ‘Callisia Navicularis’

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Some plants stand out for their special look and easy care in the big world of indoor plants. One of them is the Callisia navicularis, also called the Chain Plant. It’s a succulent from Mexico, and it adds a nice, timeless charm with its fresh green vibe to any indoor space. In this article, let’s see everything related to this lovely succulent.

Appearance and Characteristics

Callisia Navicularis is cool with its small, chunky, dark green leaves shaped like little boats. These boat-like leaves line up along thin, hanging stems, so it’s called the Chain Plant. What’s cool about this plant is that the bottom of its leaves often has a purplish color. This color gets stronger when the plant gets enough sunlight, and even the edges of the leaves turn a bit purple.

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When it’s growing well, Callisia Navicularis gives you small, pretty pink flowers in the summer. While the flowers might not be the main attraction, they definitely make the plant look even more charming.

Callisia Navicularis has roots that help it stay steady and take in nutrients. These roots are good at handling less frequent watering, which suits the plant.

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Detailed Care and Maintenance

Light: Callisia Navicularis prefers bright, indirect light. This means it does well when placed in a spot with plenty of light but not direct sunlight. Too much direct sun can harm its leaves. Finding a bright and indirectly lit location is the key factor.

Watering: Water your Callisia Navicularis when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Please give it a good soak, allowing the water to drain out. Water more frequently in the growing season, typically spring and summer, but less frequently in the dormant period, which is usually fall and winter. Adjust based on the soil’s feelings and weather.

Temperatures: This plant prefers warm environments and is happiest in temperatures ranging from 15-24oC (60 to 75oF). It’s not frost-tolerant succulent, so if you live in a colder climate, ensure it’s grown indoors or moved indoors during winter.

Soil and Potting: Callisia Navicularis likes well-draining soil. You can use a mix for succulents or add sand to regular soil. Make sure the pot has holes at the bottom.

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Propagating Callisia Navicularis is quite simple. You can grow new plants by taking cuttings from the stems. Here’s an easy way to do it:

  1. Cutting:
    • Snip a healthy stem below a leaf node using clean scissors or pruning shears.
  2. Remove Lower Leaves:
    • Remove a couple of leaves near the cutting’s base to expose the node.
  3. Planting:
    • Place the cutting in the soil, ensuring the node is beneath the surface.
  4. Watering:
    • Give it good water and keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
  5. Rooting:
    • Roots should start growing in a few weeks, and you’ll notice new growth.

This simple propagation method allows you to create new Callisia Navicularis plants easily, expanding your indoor greenery.


Callisia Navicularis is a great indoor plant with a unique charm and a bit of color to your plant group. The leaves look like little boats, and they hang down coolly as they grow. It can be handled by different levels of gardening experience, whether you’re just starting or have been gardening for a while.

What do you think about this plant? Other than Callisia Navicularis, there are other succulent plants from the Callisia genus. Read more:

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