How to Care For a Basket Plant


Basket plants are subtropical species that thrive in warm environments, making it an excellent houseplant choice for beginners. Their quick growth makes them excellent choices as houseplants in warmer regions.

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Temperature plays an essential role in the growth of basket plants. Most basket plants prefer warm temperatures that help their leaves remain healthy and an environment free from drafts to avoid brown and dried foliage, which are common problems within homes.

Basket plants do not require precise attention when it comes to watering; however, they need lots of moisture. At least once weekly – especially during the summer – it will be necessary for their survival. Basket plants also benefit from plenty of sunlight.

For optimal results when watering a Basket plant, filtered room-temperature water should be used as this will avoid shock from colder temperatures and be more gentle for your plant’s roots. Water should be applied directly onto the soil until thoroughly saturated, but no standing water remains.

Plants tolerant to minor drought conditions should still be watered regularly to maintain optimal growth conditions. Soils that provide proper drainage and are free-draining are especially desirable as this species struggles in compacted or clay-like soil environments.

Too-compacted soil can lead to root rot and other complications, making planting your basket plant difficult and risky. It is best to add organic matter as this will improve drainage and the overall quality of the soil – adding your material can further enhance its quality if using a commercial potting mix doesn’t contain enough organic matter already.


Callisia fragrans, commonly called the Basket Plant, is an ideal addition to hanging baskets. As an easy-care flowering plant that thrives indoors and out, Callisia fragrans requires little care for blooming, but like all plants, it involves water. Filtered water with room temperature temperatures will help your Basket Plant flourish without suffering shock from colder environments compared to cold water, which could shock its system; additionally, draining potting soil will aid overall health while decreasing fertilizer needs.

The Basket Plant can grow in many soil types, but gritty loam soil is most suitable. It can tolerate wide ranges of pH levels from slightly acidic (lower 6s) up to alkaline at 7.8, as well as benefiting from regular applications of slow-release fertilizer according to label rates for its size container.

Watering should always be the priority when caring for a basket plant, as its soil needs to become fully saturated with moisture to remain alive. A watering can with a wide spout is ideal as this ensures water flows evenly throughout its entirety into each pot.

Alternatively, you could try placing something over the basket to reduce evaporation. This could range from plastic discs or grass clippings layers to layers of worm compost that keep moisture locked inside for maximum results and avoid dehydration of your Basket plants. This is an effective way of protecting them!


The Basket plant’s growth can be affected by how much water it receives each week. Its water needs may change accordingly depending on its season and growing stage. When transplanted into new environments or newly grown in general, more moisture may be required since its energy will go towards sprouting roots that will support long-term expansion.

Once established, Basket plants can tolerate dry soil conditions with only occasional irrigation needs – possibly weekly during hot periods if the weather becomes extreme. However, more frequent watering is likely needed to rehydrate its foliage when the weather turns hot.

Watering a Basket plant properly means using filtered, room-temperature water that has been purified. Since these tropical plants hail from warmer climates, colder water could harm their health. Also, for optimal results, it is best to let its roots absorb as much moisture as possible rather than let it run off their leaves.

Watering a Basket plant when its soil begins to dry out is also recommended to prevent diseases like root rot or brown spots on its leaves from emerging. Too much moisture, however, may result in fungal infection, causing it to wilt away completely and die, resulting in dead plant material.

Basket plants can be successfully grown anywhere from your backyard garden to climate-controlled greenhouses in warmer environments like southern California. Indoor environments also suit this plant well; mainly sunny windows with high humidity are great places for them. Callisia fragrans make an excellent subtropical houseplant choice. They are easy to care for while boasting stunning aesthetic features – pair them with other green or brown houseplants for an eye-catching color combination!


The basket plant thrives in warm, subtropical climates. To flourish fully, it requires consistent sunlight throughout the day and adequate watering and fertilization on an ongoing basis. However, shade conditions may still allow its development. To keep healthy plants growing strong and lush, light levels must remain consistent, along with proper care regarding watering and fertilization schedules.

Like other tropical plants, basket plants thrive under low humidity levels and even turn purplish when exposed to intense sun. To properly care for one, give it filtered room-temperature water in combination with moderately dry soil conditions.

Containers dry out more rapidly than ground soil, making it essential to monitor their moisture levels regularly. Stick your finger into the earth; if it feels dry when touched with your fingertip, your plant requires additional watering. Also, remember to water early in the morning when temperatures are lower and sunlight exposure is reduced.

Watering frequency varies based on basket plants’ season and growth stage, particularly young or recently transplanted ones. Young plants require more water due to putting all their energy into creating new roots for future growth; it would, therefore, be wiser to water your basket plant more regularly during this stage.

Regular feeding with a balanced liquid fertilizer is crucial to the health of any basket plant. Select an N-P-K analysis between 1-2-1 and 1-1-2, adding it directly into your watering bucket so that its granules slowly release their vital energy into the soil for maximum plant benefit.


Basket plants can quickly get out of control, but keeping it in check is easy with regular pruning. By removing dead or diseased branches and encouraging new growth through this practice, disease outbreak is limited, and further development is promoted. Pruning also helps control its size and shape to your preference.

Pruning a basket plant correctly requires shears or sharp scissors. Cut back plants by approximately one-half their original height and remove any dead stems, flowers, or leaves that appear during pruning – this will keep your basket plant looking crisp and tidy during its entire season.

Water a basket plant regularly without oversaturating its soil with moisture – too much can lead to root rot and other issues! Fertilize periodically, but do not overdo it! Too much fertilization could result in too much energy being expended on foliage rather than blooms; for optimal results, use a liquid-balanced fertilizer.

Basket plants offer several other advantages over their annual counterparts, such as petunias and geraniums, one being their easy care requirements compared to their need for deadheading, making this ideal for gardeners looking for colorful hanging baskets throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Ideally, to save a basket plant over winter months, bring it into an unheated garage or shed and cut back its foliage by half. This will enable it to return in spring when temperatures warm up again. Mealybugs tend to attack these basket plants; mealybugs can be removed with cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol quickly enough.