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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.

Goldfish Plant

LIGHT

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

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.

HUMIDITY

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

TEMPERATURE

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

FOOD

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.

TOXICITY

This plant is non-toxic to pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Prune back your plant often to encourage new blooms!

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What's a Columnea?

Botanical Classification: Columnea microcalyx

About

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