How to Grow Care for a Coral Berry Plant – Ardisia crenata

A friend of mine has a plant she calls a Coral Berry. I want to get one like it, but I don’t know how to care for it. My friend’s plant seems to be going downhill. Can you give me some plant care advice before I buy one. Appreciate it..

Hi Terry,

Red berries, pointed green leaves, on Coral Berry Plant

Coral Berry Plant
Ardisia crenata

I love this plant! The Coral Berry plant, also called Christmas Berry, flowers during the summer and produces red berries from fall  through the Christmas season. Here are some plant care tips for a Coral Berry Plant.

Light: bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. Direct sun burns the leaves and causes the berries to shrivel.

Water: keep the soil barely moist in the spring and summer. Allow the soil to dry out more in the fall and winter.

Temperature: Coral Berry Plants do well in temperatures of 60-75°F (15-24°C) during the daytime. Nighttime temperatures should stay above 45°F (8°C). If the temperature is too high a Coral Berry Plant won’t produce any red berries.

Plant Food: Fertilize a Coral Berry Houseplant monthly in the spring and summer when it is actively growing with a well – balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Feed only once or twice in the winter months.

Soil: Use a good indoor potting soil that retains moisture but still drains well.