Goldfish plants (columnea) are simply fun and adorable to have around.
Although you might be tempted to douse these goldfish – please don’t! Over-watering this plant is a surefire way to kill them off.
They like moderate water in their growing season. But during their dormant time (usually the winter months) you’ll want to keep the soil almost dry.
Columnea like high humidity so placing them on a pebble tray is a great idea when grown as an indoor plant. But this plant hates wet roots! Keeping the Goldfish plant on a saucer or tray, then onto the pebble tray is a wise move to prevent the roots or soil from drawing up water from the humidity tray.
If your Goldfish is going to be an indoor plant, find a lightly bright spot that offers indirect lighting for them. They are good with the average room temperature for the most part.
They can be propagated by taking steam cuttings. Simply place the cuttings in a small pot of soil, watering lightly. In a few weeks you should see roots on the steam base. At that point they can be potted up together or given to friends as gifts.
Aphids and mealybugs find the Goldfish plant a tasty meal, so watch out for them!
These are really cute plants that kids and adults find charming year round.
Go ahead, try growing a few. You know you’ve been won over by their cuteness already.