Jan 26, 2023

Turtle vine - Indoor plant Guide

turtle vine propagation

Turtle vine is one of the fastest plants to grow at your home. They can reach great lengths in a very short period of time. Turtle vines are also one of the easiest plants to propagate. Not to mention, they look wonderful in hanging pots. In India, two types of turtle vines are the most common - the evergreen turtle vine and the one with a dark purple hue on the underside of the leaf. Turtle vine pink lady is another rare variant in India.
These plants are native to Central and South America. 

Common Name

Turtle vine,  Creeping inch plant, Evergreen Turtle vine, Bolivian Jew

Botanical Name

Callisia repens



Plant Type


Sun Exposure

Shade, partial shade

Soil Type

Moist but well-drained


All parts of this plant are toxic to dogs and cats when ingested


    Turtle vine plants are succulents with delicate leaves and stem. They are runners/vines therefore can be beautifully adorned in a hanging basket.

    Turtle vine care
    Turtle vine does well in shade/partial shade. They would grow well if placed in indirect sunlight. 
    Water requirements may change depending on the climate conditions. As there are succulents they do not require a lot of water. But when you water the plant, water thoroughly and allow the excess water to sweep out through the drainage hole. A well-drained soil with drainage holes does the job. Water only when the soil feels dry when touched. 

    You can also look for other signs like brown tips which could be a sign of underwatering or direct sunlight.

    I had propagated the turtle vine from a single strand as shown in the below picture. Its that easy to grow a turtle vine.

    turtle vine plant propagation

    Pruning Turtle vine

    Once or twice a year, you can observe that your turtle vine starts dying( the plant starts to dry up) and looks like in the below picture. I have had turtle vine for more than three years now, so it's safe to say I have some experience with reviving these turtle vine plants.

    turtle vine plant propagation

    This is a sign that you have to repot the entire plant. Yes, you heard me right. There is no other way to save the plant. 

    Turtle vine Propagation

    • Trim the turtle vine strands from the bottom.
    turtle vine plant propagation

    • If the strands are of length greater than 6 to 8 cm, you can further cut them to propagate. This way we can grow bushy turtle plant vine.
    • turtle vine plant propagation
      Place all the turtle vine near the edges of the pot and cover them with a layer of soil. Avoid placing the soil deep into the soil. These vines has a shallow root system so its best to place them near the top soil.

    turtle vine plant propagation
    • Water thoroughly and wait for the plants to grow.
    turtle vine plant propagation

    Is Turtle vine toxic to cats and Dogs?

    The plants if consumed in large quantities can cause nausea in your pets. It's better to keep turtle vines away from your pets. 

    turtle vine plant

    Happy Gardening!!

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