The pink lady plant is a lovely succulent plant with pastel purple and green leaves that is worthy of great adoration. It is not difficult to care for, but a few bad weeks can send it into despair and have you worried about its longevity.
Fear not. An accurate diagnosis of what is wrong and a few simple steps will get your Callisia repens back on track in no time.
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A Pink Lady Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office
This trailing plant with tiny, waxy leaves that bunch up and spill over their pot is perfect for any home or office. It will release oxygen at night after absorbing CO2 all day, so it’s a great plant to have in your bedroom to clear the air for you while you sleep.
It also works well in a bathroom or kitchen with plenty of light or hanging in any bright corner. The pink lady can add beauty to a lonely space, or you can surround it with other delicate-looking foliage.
You could create a succulent garden and have this one suspended from the ceiling above it or you could offset its seemingly fragile appearance with a bolder, larger plant like a monstera. However you work with the pink lady, you’ll be happy to have it in your home.
Signs of a Dying Pink Lady Plant
The most common signs of a dying pink lady plant are the usual ones you’ll see with virtually any delicate succulent:
- Crisping or burning leaves
- Leggy stems and leaves
- Lack of vibrancy in color
- Mushy stems or leaves
- Soggy soil
- Visible pests
Common Causes of a Dying Pink Lady Plant
Like pretty much any succulent, the most common cause of a dying pink lady plant is too much water. But you might also need to deal with the following:
- Too much sun
- Not enough water
- Not enough light
Watering Needs of a Pink Lady Plant
The pink lady usually only needs to be watered once a week. It absorbs water from the soil and tends to its own watering needs quite well. All you really have to do is be sure you don’t overwater your plant. For more tips on watering, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.
It is important with all plants to learn to check your soil. With the pink lady, stick your finger in the soil about 2 inches to see if you feel any moisture. If you do feel moisture, don’t add any water. If the soil feels dry, you can water the plant until the water runs through the bottom of the pot.
Am I Underwatering My Pink Lady Plant?
If you notice that the stems and leaves of your plant are getting leggy or that the leaves are crisping and burning, you may not be watering the plant enough. Another sign that the plant is overwatered is that the soil is not just dry but packed tight.
Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Pink Lady Plant
In either of these cases, water the plant until the soil is soaked and running through the bottom. Then get onto a regular watering schedule.
Am I Overwatering My Pink Lady Plant?
The most common signs of overwatering are mushy stems, soggy soil, and visible pests.
Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Pink Lady Plant
If you notice you have overwatered your pink lady, move it to a brighter place in your home or office. If the soil is so soggy that you have visible pests, you may be experiencing root rot.
In that case, remove the root ball from the pot and lay the plant out on a screen in the sunshine until it dries out. Then repot the root ball in fresh succulent soil and get onto a regular watering schedule.
Soil Needs of a Pink Lady Plant
The pink lady needs well-draining soil that does not hold water. The plant can take care of holding water all on its own.
Soil Drainage Needs for a Pink Lady Plant
Provide your lady plant with a pot that drains well and perhaps some perlite mixed into the soil to improve drainage.
Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Pink Lady Plant
If you are still struggling to resolve drainage issues with your soil, you can also consider adding pebbles to the bottom of the pot to be sure your soil drains and the roots don’t sit in water.
Lighting Needs of a Pink Lady Plant
The pink lady is a warm-weather plant that calls for plenty of bright, indirect light. As a trailing plant, it is used to getting light filtered through the leaves and branches of taller plants.
Resolving Lighting Issues for a Pink Lady Plant
If you notice the plant is wilting, it may need more light. If the leaves are burning or crisping, it likely needs less light.
Simply move the plant closer to or farther away from the window and experiment to see what perks your plant up.
Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Pink Lady Plant
You won’t usually have to deal with pests with the pink lady, but if you do notice aphids, whiteflies, or mealy bugs around your plant, simply spray it with neem oil liberally every couple of days. Also, be sure you resolve any issues you’re having with the soil.
Fake Pink Lady Plants May Be an Additional Consideration
If you have tried everything, and you feel like you just can’t manage to keep a pink lady plant alive, you can opt for a fake version instead. A live pink lady plant already looks too perfect to be real, so an artificial plant will look just as real as a live one does.
Invest in a fake pink lady plant, and you won’t have to worry about any of the maintenance. And if you’re worried about fake plants not being on trend, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.
What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping a pink lady plant alive? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.