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Columnea Care

The perfect addition to your shelf or hanging basket, the columnea plant’s cascading stems offer a unique and luscious look, quickly catching the eye of your guests. Growing beautiful blooms that give the look of a colorful fish, this plant will be happy in bright indirect light and with minimal care.

How to care for your Columnea

Use these instructions to care for a Columnea. This guide will tell you how to water a Columnea; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

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Your goldfish plant will do best in a bright indirect light location to encourage maximum flowering. It can grow leggy and lose blooms in lower light.


Water your goldfish plant when the soil volume is 50% dry. Always water thoroughly and evenly until water flows out of the drainage hole. Be sure to discard excess water in the saucer.


Your goldfish plant will do well in a humid environment. Add a pebble tray, group it with other plants, or place a humidifier nearby.


Your goldfish plant will do best in temperatures between 65-85°F.


For best results, use a liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength once a month during the spring and summer. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil; always make sure the soil is damp before feeding your plant.


This plant is non-toxic to pets.


Prune back your plant often to encourage new blooms!

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What's a Columnea?

Botanical Classification: Columnea microcalyx


Columnea plants with their lush, cascading vines and glossy leaves, make for wonderful indoor plants. With the ability to grow unique and beautiful blooms, these plants will add a pop of color to your plant collection. Place your plant in a hanging pot near a window and it will be happy for many years to come.

The columnea plant is native to Central America. It thrives in warmer temperatures and a lot of bright indirect light. The brighter the light, the more likely it is to bloom, but avoid direct sunlight. Boosting humidity and watering when the soil volume is 50% dry will help keep it happy and blooming!

Fun Fact

The columnea is a relative of the well-loved African violet.

Pictured Left: Goldfish Plant

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