The Pink Lady (Callisia Repens) is a low growing, perennial succulent that primarily grows during the late spring and early summer. This evergreen plant can grow up to 4 inches tall and spread up to 4 feet or more. Characterized by stems filled with small, waxy round leaves, Pink Lady plants range from green striped colors to pigments of pink and cream. Pink Ladies are low-maintenance plants that thrive off of moist soil and minimal exposure to direct sunlight.
Overall, Pink Ladies are low-maintenance and fantastic ground dwellers. With that in mind, it’s best to use them for tropical terrariums or displays that retain optimal levels of moisture. If you grow Pink Ladies, try to avoid prolonged periods of drought due to their higher risk of dehydration.
While Pink Ladies are resilient plants, they’re used to humid and temperate climates. Don’t place your Pink Ladies by the window. Direct sunlight can be harmful for Pink Ladies, lessening their chances of survival. Instead, keep them at least 6 feet away from the windows near bright, indirect sunlight. Move them a little closer to the windows during their growing season from March to October.
When it comes to Pink Lady succulents, moisture is everything. You want to avoid overwatering without letting the soil completely dry out. To know when to water your Pink Lady plant, lift up the pot. If it feels light in your hands, it’s time to hydrate your plant.
Thoroughly water the soil, but allow for the top most layer to completely dry before watering again. The soil should be moist, not soggy. Place it in a container that allows for proper drainage. If you live in a dry area, regularly mist your Pink Ladies to increase humidity.
Signs of underwatering include curled, crispy, or yellowing leaves along with a gray appearance. This typically happens as a result of too much heat and/or light. Meanwhile, signs of overwatering may show up as yellow lower leaves, a rotting stem, or lack of growth. To prevent overwatering, don’t let your plant sit in soggy soil or stay in a dark location for too long..
3. Temperature and Humidity
While Pink Ladies thrive off of moisture, average household humidity should be enough to keep them growing. During the winter, humidity between 30 and 40 percent should suffice. During the summer, try to keep humidity between 50 and 60 percent. Look for signs of low humidity like brown leaf-tips. If the humidity is too dry for your Pink Ladies, regularly mist your plants once a week. Pink Lady plants flourish between temperatures of 50 and 86 degrees fahrenheit.
The good news is that Pink Ladies are not very picky about their soil. Just be sure to choose a potting soil that allows for proper drainage. Some other options include mixing peat moss with regular potting soil, succulent soil mix, or additional perlite.
Fertilize the plant every four watering times during their growing season. During the winter, fertilize your Pink Ladies after their sixth watering.
Potting and Repotting
Overall, you shouldn’t have to repot Pink Lady succulents very often. In fact, you can leave Pink Ladies in the same pot for up to three years at a time since they’re a low-growing succulent. This means that it can take 3-6 years for the plant to reach its complete height, Pink Lady plants can grow up to 4 inches tall and spread up to 4 feet. They can even grow up to 50 cm!
Thus, unless it’s absolutely necessary, avoid prematurely repotting your Pink Ladies to encourage bloom growth. This is to prevent root rot and transplant shock, which can cause the plant to lose their leaves, wilt, or die. When it’s time to repot your Pink Ladies, hydrate the succulent 24 hours beforehand to prevent transplant shock. If they’re placed in a darker area, add extra grit and perlite into the deep portion of the pot. This will prevent root rot and overwatering.
Pink Ladies grow between late spring and early summer, but this can carry over into autumn. When growing Pink Ladies, it’s best to take advantage of the months between March and July. They’re defined by green striped leaves along with pink, creamy flowers that cascade over the edge of planters. During the late fall and winter, their leaves revert to a shade of deep purple or burgundy. They’re great for hanger planters and can easily survive as a houseplant.
You can propagate Pink Ladies using three methods: seeds, offsets, or cuttings. To start, propagate cuttings using scissors and snip off a stem with 4-5 leaves. Place them in a pot that allows for proper drainage.
While it can take a little longer to propagate, an offset refers to a cloned plant that was grown from the original. From here, use sharp scissors to cut the offset from the original plant and clean off all the soil from its roots. Let it sit for a few days to let the cutted area callous before placing it in well-draining soil.
To propagate Pink Lady from seeds, place them in well-draining soil without watering them immediately. Use two fingers to open up a small growing area in the center of the soil. Try to place the seedlings in moist, humid areas.
Pruning and Maintenance
Always use clean shears and utensils when pruning Pink Ladies. Make clean incisions and avoid yellowed tissue. Watch out for yellow or dying leaves and remove them upon discovery.
Pink Ladies are officially classified as poisonous. Symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite may occur upon ingestion. Keep Pink Lady plants away from pets or small children.