Calceolaria, Pouch Flower, Slipper Flower (Calceolaria hybrid)

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Plant Details

Category: Annual
Light: Sun to Part Shade
Bloom Season: Summer
Height: 10-16" / 
25-41cm
Space: 10-12" / 
25-30cm
Zones: 10, 11
Lowest Temp: 30° to 40°F / 
-1° to -4°C
Colors: Red, Yellow, Orange

Basic Care

Plant in organic-rich, well-drained soil. Keep soil moist throughout growth and bloom season. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Remove faded flowers for best display.

Water

Keep soil moist throughout growth and bloom season.

Soil

All-purpose commercial potting mix.

Feed

Once every month during growing season.

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Fast Growth

Ornamental Foliage

Containers

Features

The bright, puffed up blooms of hybrid calceolarias bring a burst of color and unexpectedness to summer plantings. Choosing a site out of hot, afternoon sun will ensure the most productive flowering. Does well indoors when placed in medium light.

Uses

Easy to grow indoors or outdoors in pots or beds. Makes a breathtaking potted specimen plant. Very decorative on a small table or in a hanging basket.

Calceolaria, Pouch Flower, Slipper Flower (Calceolaria hybrid) Care Guide

If the plant was purchased in a pot, then it is probably already in a quality potting soil and requires little more than watering and grooming for a while.

If potting a flowering plant to bring indoors or to give as a gift plant, start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.

Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.

Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in bright location for best performance.

Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots.

Most potted flowering plants prefer consistently moist but well-drained soil. If the soil gets too dry the blooms can wilt and they may not recover. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.

Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet.

Remove the flowers as they fade. This keeps the plant looking tidy and may encourage more blooms depending on the type of plant. After flowering many blooming plants make attractive houseplants. Be sure to trim the foliage to maintain the desired size and shape. Occasional trimming encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.

Some plants will re-bloom on their own, but others may have very specific day-length or temperature requirements to flower again. A bit of research may be necessary to determine what is needed to encourage future blooming. Some plants, such as bulbs or perennials, can be turned into wonderful garden additions after the flowers have been enjoyed indoors.

Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.

Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.

Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. Follow the product directions for proper timing and application rates.

Companion/Combination Plants

2 Comments

  1. Charmaine

    Good Day
    My Slipper Plant is busy dying,

    Reply
    • My Garden Life

      Hi Charmaine,
      Calceolaria can be a little fussy to try to maintain long-term. That’s why they’re more often enjoyed as a temporary, potted flowering plant, similar to a cut bouquet. When the flowers fade, they can be discarded to the compost bin. Calceolaria like bright indirect light, mild temperatures, and soil that’s not too wet and not too dry. Any deviation from its basic needs seems to leave a calceolaria in a slump. Overwatering, in particular, can lead to root rot and ultimately the death of a calceolaria plant.

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